KYLIE MINOGUE sang is the singer behind a whole host of hit songs, including I Should Be So Lucky, The Loco-Motion, and Hand on Your Heart. A health diagnosis 15 years ago still plays on her mind.
Kylie Minogue, 52, is a Grammy-award winning singer who had her world turned upside down when she received a devastating diagnosis in 2005. Now, in 2020, the star reflects on her experience.
The princess of pop had to deal with a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 36.
Looking back at her recovery, she told WHO magazine: “Cancer changed many things forever.”
Kylie described how she felt her life was “on hold” at the time, but the singer then admitted she felt “even more passionate about the people and things that [she] loved”.
“My view of the world was different,” Kylie revealed. “My destination, for the most part, was the same.”
A heart swelling with gratitude, she added: “People shone so bright for me in those dark days.”
Breast cancer symptoms
Cancer Research UK noted that the first sign of breast cancer, for most people, is a lump in the breast or thickening in the breast or armpit.
The charity advises women to look out for a change in the size, shape or feel of breasts, as well as skin changes, such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin.
Do make a doctor aware if fluid leaks from the nipple (when you’re not pregnant or breast feeding).
And check to see if any changes in the position of the nipple has taken place.
The NHS offer a free breast cancer screening programme for women aged between 50 and 70 years old.
The service invites women, who are registered to a GP, to get their breasts checked for cancer by a mammogram (an X-ray on the breasts).
A radiographer will take two X-rays of the breast, one from above and one from the side.
Some people may find the experience slightly uncomfortable, and may feel tender up to a few hours after the examination.
Ladies over the age of 70 are still entitled to free breast screening, although an automatic invite will not be sent out to your address.
Instead, any woman over the age of 70 who is interested in receiving a breast screening can do so by speaking to your GP or local breast cancer screening unit.
To treat breast cancer, Kylie underwent rounds of radiation, a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Luckily, Kylie was given the all-clear the following year, but her health battle did thwart the chances of motherhood.
Speaking to the Sunday Times Style magazine, she admitted she didn’t want to “dwell” on the subject of children, “but I wonder what they would have been like”.
Charity Breastcancer.org confirmed that “some treatments cause permanent and irreversible menopause, which means you are permanently infertile”.
Cancer Research UK estimated that one in seven women (born after 1960 in the UK) are at risk of developing breast cancer across their lifetime.
Data collected between 2013 to 2017 shows that 76 percent of people survive breast cancer for 10 years or more.
Thanks to incredible research work, the breast cancer survival rate in the UK has doubled in the past 40 years.
If you’re concerned about your breasts, make an appointment with your GP to discuss symptoms.