Minogue was 36 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on 17 May 2005. Four days later she had surgery and soon after she started chemotherapy, an experience she later likened to “experiencing a nuclear bomb”.
Appearing as a guest on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show, to be aired on Saturday night, she said of the upcoming anniversary: “I’m good. I have yet to reach my 10-year mark, which I imagine I’ll be having a bit of champagne and crying a lot and feeling very happy and joyful and thanking all my friends and family.
“It’s quite difficult to talk about it in interview situations because it’s deep and it’s long and it’s involved and it’s hard to really say what it was in a neat package,” she added. “It’s pretty strange.”
Minogue has received praise for publicly discussing her cancer diagnosis and treatment. She completed her chemotherapy treatment in France, and in 2008 France’s then culture minister Christine Albanel said: “Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a Kylie effect that encourages young women to have regular checks.”
Minogue was asked on the show whether she identified with Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to speak publicly about having her ovaries removed. “To a point,” she replied. “I mean cancer has many forms. I guess I can only say to a point I did because I don’t really know her story, she doesn’t really know my story.
“Cancer has probably touched everyone in this audience in some way or another and all the stories are different, but certainly in as much as she felt it was her duty to talk about it,” she added. “I never questioned – not for a split-second did I think of not saying what I had.”
Minogue has spoken of her respect for the medical profession, but in 2008 she said her cancer had originally been misdiagnosed. “Because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right,” she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Minogue also said on the Ross show that she sympathised with Madonna when the American fell over during a performance at the Brit awards. “I felt for her because I’ve landed on my backside a couple of times,” Minogue said.
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