Famous People With Colon Cancer

NFL Hall of Famer and ex-Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale, diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, credits his wife for helping him cope with the disease. Thanks to her encouragement to get a colonoscopy, doctors were able to remove a cancerous polyp along with a section of his colon. The surgery saved his life. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Vince Papale NFL Hall of Famer and ex-Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale, diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, credits his wife for helping him cope with the disease. Thanks to her encouragement to get a colonoscopy, doctors were able to remove a cancerous polyp along with a section of his colon. The surgery saved his life. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow revealed in 2007 that he had been battling with a second bout of colon cancer. He was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and had left his White House job when he died in 2008. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Tony Snow Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow revealed in 2007 that he had been battling with a second bout of colon cancer. He was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and had left his White House job when he died in 2008. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, is a survivor of colon cancer. She helped start a program with the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to help those dealing with the disease. (credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Sharon Osbourne Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, is a survivor of colon cancer. She helped start a program with the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to help those dealing with the disease. (credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
After CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, she became a vocal advocate in the battle against the deadly disease. She is a co-founder for the public awareness initiative Stand Up To Cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Katie Couric After CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, she became a vocal advocate in the battle against the deadly disease. She is a co-founder for the public awareness initiative Stand Up To Cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for colon cancer in 1999 and gets screened yearly. In 2009, a CT scan revealed a small cancer in the center of her pancreas. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for colon cancer in 1999 and gets screened yearly. In 2009, a CT scan revealed a small cancer in the center of her pancreas. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Actress Farrah Fawcett, best known for her role in the television series "Charlie's Angels," lost her battle to rectal cancer in 2009 after being diagnosed with the disease in 2006. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Farrah Fawcett Actress Farrah Fawcett, best known for her role in the television series "Charlie's Angels," lost her battle to rectal cancer in 2009 after being diagnosed with the disease in 2006. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, perhaps most well known for her TV portrayal of Catwoman in the 1960s, died of colon cancer in 2008 at the age of 81. (credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, perhaps most well known for her TV portrayal of Catwoman in the 1960s, died of colon cancer in 2008 at the age of 81. (credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Baseball Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998 and underwent treatment. He revealed in 2010 that his cancer had resurfaced. (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Darryl Strawberry Baseball Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998 and underwent treatment. He revealed in 2010 that his cancer had resurfaced. (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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One Comment

  1. Joanne Patrick says:

    Thanks to my being aggressive to my doctor to get an colonoscopy I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had no systoms, no bleeding or irregular bowels. I walked 3 miles five days a week and eat pretty healthy. My father died from the disease when he was only 66. I here thanks to my surgeon Dr Lynell Bayliss of Phila PA. I had a colon resection and have been cancer free for 7 1/2 years. I tell everyone if a family member had it please don’t wait until you are 50 get it check at 35.

    Thank you Joanne Patrick

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