Kylie Minogue's life was derailed in 2005 when she was diagnosed with breast Cancer at 36 years old. The diagnosis had immediate implications for the pop star – she delayed the remainder of her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits tour and left Glastonbury that year.
Fortunately, the pop singer received surgery after treatment and treatment in the same year, but she revealed that doctors had given her the solution before her diagnosis.
While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2008, Kylie said, "Because someone is in a white coat and wearing big medical instruments doesn't necessarily mean they're right."
That didn't end the story, however, ten years after that harrowing episode, Kylie admitted that her chances of becoming a mother were dashed after breast cancer.
The singer announced earlier this year that motherhood wasn't something that was on her mind at the time and that cancer "changed everything."
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In an interview with Sunday Times Style magazine, she reflected on this life-changing perception: “When cancer occurs, you have to consider it all. Trust me, there is a time when the next person says, "Well, there are too many options," you want to scream.
She added, "I don't want to insist on that, obviously, but I wonder what they would have been like. Everyone will say there are options, but I don't know. I'm 50 now and more comfortable with my life."
Facing reality was not easy for the singer, however, who admitted to seeing visions of what her son would be like.
According to the NHS, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but younger women may also have breast cancer.
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About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, but there is a good chance of recovery if it is detected at an early stage, the NHS notes.
"For this reason, it is vital that women regularly check their breasts for changes and always check them with a general practitioner," the health agency said.
How to identify
Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.
Although most breast lumps are not cancerous, it is always best to consult them with a doctor, the NHS advises.
You should also consult a general practitioner if you notice any of these symptoms:
- A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- Discharge of any of your nipples, which may be bloodstained
- Armpit lump or swelling
- Ripples on the skin of your breasts
- A rash on or around the nipple
- A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as sinking into the chest
What happens when you visit your GP
After examining your breasts, a general practitioner can refer you to a breast cancer clinic for further tests.
This may include breast screening (mammography) or a small sample of breast tissue to be examined under a microscope (a biopsy), the NHS explains.
Am I at risk?
The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, making it difficult to say why one woman may develop breast cancer and another may not.
However, as the NHS points out, there are risk factors that affect your likelihood of developing breast cancer – some of which you can do nothing about, but there are some you can change about.
Drinking alcohol, for example, increases the risk of getting breast cancer and a large-scale report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests that drinking just one glass of wine or other alcohol a day increases the risk of breast cancer.
If you have gone through menopause and are overweight or obese, you may also be more at risk of developing breast cancer, the NHS notes.
Genetic factors may also influence your risk, including:
- It was
- Family history
- Breast cancer or anterior lump
- Have a dense breast tissue