Famous Prostate Cancer Survivors

Athletes, Politicians and Celebrities Fight Prostate Cancer

Colin Powell
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Prostate cancer affects many types of men, including celebrities such as athletes, politicians, and actors. This list details famous prostate cancer survivors, several of whom have become advocates for prostate cancer research and programs.

Famous Prostate Cancer Survivors

  • Arnold Palmer: The golf champion was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. Eight weeks after surgery, he was back on the green, golfing. He became a champion spokesman for raising awareness of prostate cancer. He has lent his name to the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Center near Palm Springs, California
  • Rudy Giuliani: A former mayor of New York and presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani was diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 55. His diagnosis was prompted by high PSA levels in his blood. He was treated with hormonal therapy, radioactive seed implants, and external beam radiation. He has a family history of prostate cancer. His father died of it at the age of 73.
  • Robert De Niro: The Oscar-winning actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 60 in 2003. De Niro kept secretive about his treatment, which is not out of character as he is known for being shy in real life.
  • Joe Torre: This former manager of the New York Yankees battled an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 1999. He reportedly said he had no symptoms of prostate cancer. He opted for a prostatectomy.
  • Nelson Mandela: The former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 at the age of 83. It is reported that he went through radiation therapy and hormonal treatment with anti-androgens. While imprisoned in the 1980s, he had benign tumors removed, as well as most of his prostate. He died in 2013 of a lung infection at the age of 95.
  • Harry Belafonte: Actor Harry Belafonte was diagnosed in 1996. He had a radical prostatectomy. He says he overcame post-surgical urinary incontinence with exercises. He became an activist for prostate cancer survivorship.
  • Bob Dole: Senator and former presidential candidate Bob Dole was diagnosed in 1991 and was treated with surgery. He had erectile dysfunction as a result of his treatment. Making lemonade out of this lemon, he became the first celebrity spokesman for Viagra.
  • Colin Powell: Powell was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 66 after his health team watched his elevated PSA levels for five years. After two negative biopsies, a positive biopsy found cancer. He underwent surgery in 2003 for prostate cancer and made a full recovery.
  • John Kerry: John Kerry's prostate cancer was detected when his PSA test result was significantly higher than his last PSA test, but still with the normal range. He was diagnosed in 2002 at age 59 and has made a full recovery. His father died from prostate cancer at age 85.
  • Jerry Brown: The politician was treated for prostate cancer in 2012 when he was serving his second go-around as governor of the state of California. He underwent radiation treatment while in office.

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