National Cancer Awareness Day 2019 is observed in India on November 7 to spread awareness about cancer, its symptoms and treatment. National Cancer Awareness Day had started in the year 2014 when it was announced by the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. There exist more than 100 types of cancer including breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer. Several Bollywood celebrities have braved this deadly disease and their battle against cancer has been nothing short of inspiring.
Sonali Bendre: Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with 'high-grade' cancer and opened up about it last year on social media. She was undergoing cancer treatment in New York, and returned to Mumbai last year in December from the US after fighting the battle with this deadly disease. The actress braved it and emerged stronger and now after a long sabbatical, she is keen to make a comeback in Bollywood. ALSO READ: Lisa Ray On Her Cancer Diagnosis; Says, ‘I Didn’t React Despite Being Told Disease Was Incurable, Fatal’
Lisa Ray: The brave cancer-survivor Lisa Ray was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer in 2009. The model-turned-actress defeated the life-threatening disease and came out like a true warrior. She was declared cancer-free in 2010. She also came out with her biography Close To The Bone this year which narrates the story of a cancer survivor and her battle against the dreadful disease.
Rishi Kapoor: It was in September 2018, that Rishi Kapoor had been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and he was in New York, USA for almost a year undergoing treatment. He was accompanied by his wife Neetu Kapoor and during his stay in New York, several Bollywood celebs would come to meet him. Rishi Kapor returned to Mumbai after his treatment in September this year after 11 months and 11 days in the USA.
Manisha Koirala: Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala fought and won a tough, relentless battle against ovarian cancer. Right from finding out in 2012 that she had last-stage cancer, to being declared cancer-free, the actress has had a life-changing, tough battle that she fought valiantly. The actress has also written a memoir titled Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life and it talks about her various struggles.
Tahira Kashyap: Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap has survived breast cancer and has talked very openly and fearlessly about her journey with this deadly disease. The braveheart fought a tough battle and is an inspiration to many.
Kudos to their strength, courage and the fighting spirit to have battled cancer and come out victorious!
Image Source: Instagram/Tahira Kashyap/Lisa Ray/ Sonali Bendre/ Manisha Koirala
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