5 Musicians That Survived Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting women in South Africa.
According to the National Cancer Registry, 1 in 27 women are at risk of being diagnosed in their lifetime. Early detection and regular breast examinations are vital in fighting the disease. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected early.
Did you know these well-known musicians have experienced breast cancer?
1. Sheryl Crow
Diagnosed in 2006 at the age of 44, Sheryl Crow has become an advocate for breast cancer awareness, lobbying Congress to pass the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act.
Today she is cancer-free and has embraced alternative methods of promoting health in her body and mind.
2. Olivia Newton-John
The Grammy-winning singer was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of 43. Olivia Newton-John underwent a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy before becoming cancer-free for 25 years. During this time she founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Australia. She is now a spokesperson for the Liv Breast Self Examination Kit, which assists women with early detection. Unfortunately, in May 2017, Newton-John’s cancer returned, metastasizing in her sacrum, with symptoms of back pain.
3. Kylie Minogue
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 36.
Four days after her diagnosis, Minogue had surgery and then began chemotherapy. She has been cancer-free ever since.
4. Carly Simon
After being told for years that the lumps in her breasts were nothing to worry about, Carly Simon was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 52 in 1997. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes and has been cancer-free ever since completing chemotherapy.
5. Peter Criss
Peter Criss, one of the founding members of KISS, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 62. The legendary musician found a lump in his left breast after a workout in 2007. His surgery was successful, and he has been an outspoken advocate for male breast cancer awareness ever since.