Kylie Minogue has good advice about cancer

Kylie Minogue has been out talking about her breast cancer, and two things about it have really struck true with me. First, is that she has not been given the all clear from doctors yet, that she still has to have regular checks.

“It’s not over,” quotes the Sunday Mirror, “I still go for regular check-ups. The ‘voyage’ doesn’t end suddenly. That’s why it’s so difficult to talk about it.”

However, despite admitting some of her management team feared her decision to announce her condition in May 2005 could harm her career, Kylie says she’s sure she made the right decision in going public.

“It’s wonderful to know that in talking about it, I’m perhaps helping women, families and also some men with breast cancer,” she explains.


Secondly, that she was misdiagnosed initially and told everything was fine, and she only discovered the tumor on a second investigation.

“Listen, this is an opportunity for me to say something that I have not said before,” a nervous Minogue said.

“I was misdiagnosed initially.

“So my message to all of you and everyone at home is, because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they are right.”

Minogue did not give the date of the misdiagnosis, how long she went before the second check or if the misdiagnosis occurred in Australia or Britain.

But, she said the misdiagnosis happened before she embarked on her Showgirl concert tour.

Sydney Morning Herald

This is so important, to not feel intimidated when you go to see your doctor. If you feel something is wrong with your body, then something probably is. There is no need to feel embarrassed by getting a second opinion, or coming back for further tests. If your doctor makes you feel stupid, tell him he’s not doing his job properly by making you feel that way and get a new doctor.

Kylie also took the time to point out that getting married and having babies would be marvelous, but that she doesn’t “absolutely have to have children to make my life complete”.

Kylie is currently promoting her new album, titled X. She turns 40 in May.

Kylie Minogue is shown at The Brit Awards on 2/20/08, thanks to PRPhotos.


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  1. Bellatrix says:

    About her being misdiagnosed, I’d like to point out that it often happens…

    This is why some countries such as here in France, make the double-check appointment an obligation in the social security system.

    I do hope Kylie will have the clear and that her upcoming tour will be a blast, as well for the audience as for her.

  2. Sarah says:

    You have to love Kylie for being so careful with her statements and bringing them not in the heat of the moment, but when things settled for her so she won’t get too emotional(‘s reaction).

    And she is so very right about misdiagnosis. That happens WAY to often these days and even if you are a celebrity and you have all the money, it still can happen to you. I think it is great that she is so outspoken on her cancer experience cause a lot of ppl can align with her and getting strength out of it. You Go Kylie!

    And Good Luck to your new tour!! :)

  3. DC Native says:

    Simple rule about mammograms: get a sonogram study TOO. Then, when you have your next mammo, they have an EXCELLENT ‘benchmark’ or history for comparison.

    My first mammo, they called me back in for a sonogram. Scared the HELL out of me until my family doc said it was the smartest thing to do for the future.

    There are terrific docs out there and there are also egomaniacal JERKS who are certain they’re God and you’re an untrained idiot. ALWAYS question if your ‘gut’ is telling you something different.

  4. Bodhi says:

    She is such a sweetheart. I hope she is given the all-clear soon

  5. Cindy Kennedy says:

    Mammogram involves a lot of radiation, though. I get thermography instead, its MUCH safer, there is no radiation involved, and no mashing of the breasts.

    Google “dangers” and “mammograms” and see what comes up…its quite frightening. And if mammograms were so accurate, they wouldn’t be also recommending you get sonograms and MRIs to back it up.

  6. Sasha says:

    Love her, love her music. *MUAH!!*

  7. frewt says:

    Can’t stand this pretentious little prat. Why you ask?

    She speaks in this horribly affected faux British accent thats designed to disguise her very obvious lack of intelligence;
    She has zero talent to speak of (her music? please, its all written and produced for her), she cant dance, sing or act;
    She has fat knees and very ugly legs but has managed to convince most of Australia she’s perfectly formed; and
    She’s had so much cosmetic ‘tinkering’ that she’s starting to resemble a drag queen or a mini Joanna Lumley.

    Other than that, I hope she makes 100% recovery.