Ten years since cancer for Kylie 55



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Kylie Minogue appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night last week and spoke of her upcoming 10 year anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer.  It will be ten years for the star on the 17th May 2015, since the day she was told of her breast cancer.  It was just four days after that she underwent surgery and starts chemotherapy she said.  She was 36 at this time in 2005.

Now 46 years old, she speaks openly about the journey she faced to beat cancer.

“It’s quite difficult to talk about it in interview situations because it’s deep and it’s long and it’s involved and it’s hard to really say what it was in a neat package,” she added. “It’s pretty strange.”

“Cancer has probably touched everyone in this audience in some way or another and all the stories are different, but certainly in as much as she felt it was her duty to talk about it,” she added. “I never questioned – not for a split-second did I think of not saying what I had.”

When talking about her battle with breast cancer, Kylie has previously referred to it as a nuclear bomb, and talked about the important role working played in her recovery.

She explained to You magazine five years ago: “Work was a big part of my recovery. Even when I was going through treatment I was fantasising about the `Showgirl Homecoming’ tour. I had to do it – I don’t know what else I would have done. As I went through the treatment, I would try and concentrate on the future… But I’ll be the one in the old people’s home doing high-kicks in the corner. There is an inherent part of me that says, `This is what I do, this is who I am.’ I just can’t stop – it’s difficult to subdue a performer’s instinct.”

Breast cancer survival rates have over the last ten years improved.  Ten-year age-standardised survival rates for breast cancer in women has increased from 40% during 1971-1972 to a predicted survival of 78% during 2010-2011, according to the cancer research foundation in the UK.

Have you battled breast cancer, or had cancer touch your life?


Enjoy these pics of Kylie on the Jonathan Ross Show.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I had a below knee amputation 29 years ago due to bone cancer and had to make a choice and I chose to have it off otherwise I would have been dead within a year. I live to tell the tale. Saw my only daughter marry, have two children and now watching them grow into fine teenagers. Made the right choice for sure.

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  2. My very brave, very beautiful Mum had a radical mastectomy at 81 and passed away at 84 with secondaries! Our family misses her enormously!


  4. Well done to you all ,my Mum had cancer of the cervix when he was 70 and died 3 years ago aged 92 mind you we don’t get over a loss we learn to accept it and try to move on

  5. My brother is currently fighting the most insidious Multiple Myaloma and has been for 4 years. The hard thing is that the bones become so brittle. He broke his arm the other day just squeezing a lemon. And is now in hospital having it pinned.

  6. I lost my younger sister aged 53 y.o from Oesophgeal Cancer after she battled with it for 18 months. And my friend, age 53 died from Pancreatic cancer, four months after being diagnosed. These cancers are deadly, but they don’t get the funding or promotion for research into a cure such as breast cancer does. :'(

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