Check out the famous people with skin cancer

If you've been diagnosed with any kind of skin cancer, you're in good company. Here is a list of just a few famous people with skin cancer:


Senator John McCain

The 2008 Republican nominee for President and Senator from Arizona, John McCain, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on his left arm in 1993. Another melanoma was removed from his face in 2000. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, but McCain has been cancer-free since 2000. Unlike other types of cancers, skin cancers can usually be successfully removed through surgery.

President Ronald Reagan & Maureen Reagan

President Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with the disease while he was still in office. He had a lump removed from his nose in 1987, but it returned six months later. It is very rare for a skin cancer such as he had to return. However, Ronald Reagan's daughter Maureen Reagan died of skin cancer at age 60.

Other political figures diagnosed with varying forms of skin cancer:

George Washington - First President of the United States

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Former President of the United States

It was never confirmed, but widely believed to have malignant melanoma.

Dwight D Eisenhower - Former President of the United States

Survived malignant melanoma.

Bill Clinton - Former President of the United States

Treated for basal cell skin cancer on his back.

George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush - Former Presidents of the United States

Survived after having pre-cancerous lesions removed.

Seven United States Presidents! Now that's an impressive list of famous people with skin cancer.


Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin has had two skin cancer scares. He has had two lumps removed through a procedure called Mohs surgery (also known as chemosurgery). The first lump was squaumous cell skin cancer and was removed from his hand. The second one was on his face, and was more serious. I happened to be watching his morning show after his return and he thanked his Skin Cancer Surgeon - Roy G. Geronemus, MD.

Back in 1993 Dr. Geronemus performed Mohs skin cancer surgery on my face and in January 2011 he took a Basal Cell off my husbands ear.

Bio: Dr. Geronemus

More celebrities who have been diagnosed with skin cancer, some have survived and some have not.

Mr. T - Actor

A survivor from a rare form of skin cancer known as mycosis fungiodes ( MF.

Cybill Shepherd - Actress

Had melanoma removed form her back.

Elizabeth Taylor - Actress

Had radiation therapy to treat basal cell carcinoma on her cheek.

Stephen J. Cannell - TV writer, Producer, Actor

Died from melanoma.

Bob Marley - Musician

Bob Marley was only 36 years old when he died from a combination of melanoma and brain cancer. Sadly, he learned in 1977 he had skin cancer, but due to his spiritual beliefs and fear of going under the knife, he delayed getting treatment. He was dead four years later.


Troy Aikman - NFL Player - Dallas Cowboys

Aikman's two sister (both nurses) urged him to have a mole on his shoulder checked by a doctor. He's a smart guy and listened to them. It was early stage melanoma. Aikman is very open about his condition and hopes it can heighten public awareness regarding the dangers of skin cancer. Troy Aikman along with other famous people with skin cancer are not shy about talking about their diagnosis, many are now open and honest and hope this helps reduce the cases.

Sports celebrities touched by melanoma.

Stuart Entwistle - Pro Surfer

Died after 3 year battle with meanoma.

Shonda Shilling - wife of MLB pitcher Kurt Shilling

Survived stage II melanoma. Shonda started the

SHADE Foundation of America to help stop melanoma through the education of children and the community in the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety.

A funny thing about skin cancer, it doesn't care if you are rich or famous it only proves no one is immune. Remember most skin cancers are highly curable with early detection and proper treatment. One of the big worries about skin cancer is that it can spread to other parts of the body, thus decreasing the chance of recovery.

As you can see, famous people with skin cancer endure the same diagnosis, questions and treatments and end results as the rest of us.

There are many other famous people with skin cancer, bit it’s not about the “who” gets it – this site is about how to prevent it. Learn more about sun protection and safety.