Pop Star Kylie Minogue Has Breast Cancer
Early Diagnosis May Help 36-Year-Old Singer Recover, Say Experts
May 17, 2005 -- Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed that she has
The disease was diagnosed at an early stage and the 36-year-old singer will
start treatment immediately, according to a statement by the Frontier Touring
Company, promoter of Minogue's now-postponed Showgirl tour.
In the statement, Minogue says she is "sorry to have to disappoint my
fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with you
all again soon."
Details about Minogue's cancer and treatment have not been made public.
However, early diagnosis often brings the best chances of recovery for
With screening programs becoming more common, more breast cancers are being
diagnosed at earlier stages, says the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
makes these cancers more easily and successfully
Cases Relatively Rare in Younger Women
Breast cancer can strike women of any age. However, it is mainly seen in
older women. In 2003, less than 5% of all breast cancer cases occurred in women
under age 40, says the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's web site,
citing American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics.
Age is an established
Older women have a higher risk of developing the disease. In general, rates of
breast cancer are low in women under age 40, begin to increase after age 40,
and are highest in women over age 70, says the Komen Foundation.
"The chance of getting breast cancer goes up as a woman gets older,"
says the ACS' web site. "Nearly eight out of 10 breast cancers are found in
women over age 50."
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women (except for skin
cancer), says the ACS. It's also women's No. 2 cause of cancer death, second
only to lung cancer.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her life
is about one in seven; her odds of dying from breast cancer are about one in
33. The death rate is dropping, probably due to early detection and advances in
treatments, says the ACS.
No information is available on Minogue's risk factors, family medical
history, or breast cancer screening. The singer, whose hits include 2001's
Can't Get You Out of My Head, is white. Race may play a role in breast
cancer, but the specifics aren't known.
In the U.S., white women have higher rates of developing breast cancer.
However, among women under the age of 35,
than white women.
and be diagnosed at a later stage, says the ACS. For
example, the five-year survival rate for black women is 74% compared with 88%
for white women, says the Komen Foundation. The five-year survival rate for
Native American women is lower than any other racial or ethnic group in the
U.S., it says.