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Disease may kill me says Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Anderson is being treated with alternative medicine
Actress Pamela Anderson has said she may be dead within 10 years as a result of having the disease hepatitis C.

Anderson, 36, told Us Weekly magazine: "I think I've got a good 10 years left in me, which is sad, too. Maybe 15, if I'm lucky."

The former Baywatch actress and tabloid darling was diagnosed with the illness in 2001.

It causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

About 3.9 million Americans have the disease. Anti-viral drugs are a standard treatment, and therapy is successful about half the time.

But Anderson is not taking interferon, the injectable drug hepatitis patients often use.

Her homeopathic doctor, Wendy Hewland, told the magazine she had made a single remedy specifically for Anderson as an alternative form of medicine.

Anderson, who is a vegetarian, said: "It's scary, but lately I've been feeling great. For some reason, my liver keeps getting healthier."

She also revealed she was no longer planning to marry singer Kid Rock, to whom she became engaged in April last year.

"Our relationship is not really something you put a label on," she said.

Anderson was formerly married to ex-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, father of her children Dylan and Brandon.

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