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Read cancer survivor stories from people with cancer who have overcome their diagnosis. Find inspirational cancer survivor quotes and discover how cancer can be beaten.

‘What cancer taught me’

The diagnosis of cancer is not easy to digest. However, David Scott, a cancer survivor, learnt a lot from the experience.

'Cancer is sneaky'

Cancer is a subversive disease that sneaks through your body and spreads propaganda to anyone who’ll listen. I know – my own cells were subverted. Cancer survivor Paddy Hartdegen shares his story.

TV presenter shares his cancer story

I realised pretty soon after my diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lympoma that a part of dealing with cancer is knowing there will be good days along with the bad ones, says TV presenter Xylon van Eyck.

FW de Klerk speaks out about his cancer experience

Former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, FW de Klerk knows exactly how colon cancer can affect someone. He was diagnosed with this type of cancer in 2006 and has been in remission for seven years now.

Living with leukaemia for 22 years

Trevor Steyn had returned to Cape Town from a holiday on the coast of the Eastern Cape when he began feeling unwell. Read his story of leukaemia here.

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