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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 June 2005, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Kylie talks of 'long road ahead'
Kylie Minogue
Minogue cancelled her first appearance at Glastonbury
Singer Kylie Minogue has said she still faces "a long road" to recovery from breast cancer, after being diagnosed with the disease two months ago.

The Australian star underwent surgery in a Melbourne hospital last month.

"Rest assured I am being well looked after, though it will be a long road ahead," Minogue, who is recovering in Melbourne, wrote on her website.

"I am getting through this one step at a time and your messages of support have been greatly appreciated."

"I was delighted to learn that some good things have come of all this," she added.

"I've been informed that since my diagnosis thousands of women have become more aware than ever of the risk of breast cancer."

"Being 'breast aware' plays a major role in early detection so I was especially pleased to hear that younger women, in particular, are being more proactive with breast examination and talking to their doctors."

Rumours of my condition and treatments are rife and generally incorrect
Kylie Minogue

The chart-topping 37-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, days before launching the 20-date Australian leg of her current worldwide Showgirl tour, in Sydney .

The singer had a tumour removed from her breast less than a week after news of the cancer was made public.

The tour has been postponed indefinitely to allow for her recovery.

She added her thanks for all the contributions fans have made to cancer charities, saying she was "overwhelmed by your show of generosity and understanding".

Rumours

Fans of the singer are said to have donated 8,000 Australian dollars (3,300) to the specially-created Kylie Minogue Breast Cancer Fund in its first 24 hours.

The former Neighbours star also urged her fans not to believe everything published in the press: "Rumours of my condition and treatments are rife and generally incorrect."

"Unfortunately, it still seems that the truth doesn't get in the way of a story."

The chart-topping star, who has had 29 Top 10 hits in the UK since her 1988 number one I Should Be So Lucky, said she would be receiving further treatment on her return to Europe.

Breast cancer is the primary cause of cancer death among Australian women, and second only to lung cancer in the US and UK.


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