42-year-old actress Christina Applegate announced in 2008 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Knowing that she had a specific gene mutation for the disease and with her mother being a survivor, Applegate would routinely get checked, and this strategy allowed her to detect the growth early. After a double mastectomy later that year she was rid of the cancer and has remained that way ever since. Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com
As with most diseases though, chances of avoiding or surviving it greatly favor those who take good care of themselves. Cancer can be beat. Here are 10 prominent celebrities who have succeeded in doing so.