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Kylie Minogue Battling Cancer

Australian pop star cancels tour to begin treatment

May 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer this morning and is preparing to undergo immediate treatment. Her illness -- fortunately discovered in the early stages -- has forced her to cancel the Australian and Asian legs of her Showgirl Tour, as well as her headlining stint at Glastonbury, one of Europe's biggest music festivals.

The thirty-six-year-old pop star was at home in Melbourne, Australia, with her family preparing to tour when she received the news. "I was so looking forward to bringing the Showgirl Tour to Australian audiences, and am sorry to have to disappoint my fans," she said in a statement. "Hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with you all again soon."

Rocker Melissa Etheridge is currently recovering from a public battle with breast cancer, and pop singer Anastacia has been fighting the disease since 2003. Years before being diagnosed herself, Minogue worked to raise awareness of prostate cancer, which her father has been treated for.

2001's Fever was pop diva Minogue's U.S. comeback after Top Ten success in the late Eighties, and the CD went platinum in America on the strength of the dance single "Can't Get You Out of My Head."

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