Living on the edge – the celebrity life!
  Sometimes life cuts the fate of beautiful people way too short. The stunningly gorgeous Patrick Swayze succumbed to pancreatic cancer on September 14, 2009. At 57, he was still the sexiest man although his abdomen was split open many times owing to the numerous surgeries performed on him to remove the rapidly spreading cancer. In retrospection, Patrick was voted the Sexiest Man Alive in 1991 by People magazine.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008, he lived barely a year and a half before giving up his fight against the disease. In a few interviews before death, he confessed that his chain-smoking habit is what probably caused the cancer. The American Cancer Society’s report substantiates this and holds cigarette smoking responsible for 20–30% of pancreatic cancers.

Whether or not Patrick’s death is a result of his reckless smoking habit is debatable. But it’s imperative to note that cancer is claiming more lives than before. Behind those stunning looks and impeccable red carpet appearances lies probably a battered human whose topmost commitment is to stay and look impeccable.

Sheryl Crow and Kylie Minogue were diagnosed with breast cancer and living with it against all the odds. Sheryl’s contributions to cancer awareness is laudable and she helped the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ association raise around 75 million dollars by lending her voice to the song Just Stand Up, the proceeds of which went for cancer research.

Many refer to the cancer diagnosis experience as life changing but few get around doing something about creating awareness. Like the famous Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong who founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support. Being the show woman she’s, Jade Goody, who died of cervical cancer after it was diagnosed in its advanced stages, helped in creating awareness about the disease immensely. Although it was done for monetary gains, her last days were televised to the entire world making women across the world to take up tests. She was praised widely for making people aware of the disease.

India is not alien to celebrity cancer deaths or survivors. Sadly enough, such occurrences never come to light. Celebrities, as it might seem, in a desperate attempt to preserve their status and their picture-perfect images in the society never open up on their illness thereby obstructing all the chances of making any impact on the cancer awareness scenario.

In related news, the gorgeous Lisa Ray is diagnosed with Multiple myeloma recently. An incurable type of cancer, Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the white blood cells. After having diagnosed with the disease, Lisa did not go into hiding. On the other hand, she decided to write about it to alert people about the disease so as to enable better diagnosis at an early stage.

Lisa appeared on the red carpet for her next movie ‘Cooking with Stella’ in Toronto looking visibly overweight. The effect of steroids, she writes in her blog, makes one really hyper.

The situation is grim as the prognosis is not great with the survival rate of individuals who are detected with the condition ranging from 62 months for stage 1, 45 months for stage 2 to 29 months for stage 3.

But Lisa is not the one to give up. She writes dryly that she got full membership in the cancer club, in her blog, and that the Dirty Realist in her believes that her cancer can be cured. Let the Dirty Realist succeed.

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