Newton-John's Heartfelt Message of Hope to Kylie; World at a Glance

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Newton-John's Heartfelt Message of Hope to Kylie; World at a Glance


Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER

BREAST cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John has sent Kylie Minogue a heartfelt message of support.

Newton-John revealed she wanted to talk to Minogue about her own fight with the disease.

"My heart is with you," she said.

The singer said reports she dined with Minogue last week were false but she would love to meet her.

She added: "I don't know her well and I like her very much, and we share a lot of things in common. I haven't spoken to her yet and I would love to."

The Grease star - who was born in England but brought up in Minogue's home town of Melbourne - was 44 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

She said: "It was a similar experience for me.

"I was about to go on tour when I discovered I had cancer, so the similarities are very alike. I was in terrible shock when I heard."

After weeks of media speculation over her health, Minogue - who turns 37 in eight days - announced this week that she was postponing her Showgirl tour dates in Australia and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

She revealed she is set to have surgery this week as she thanked fans for the millions of messages of support she has received.

Newton- John said Minogue's diagnosis highlighted the fact that breast cancer was a risk for women of all ages.

"It's a wakeup call for women that we need to selfexamine on a regular basis and there is no age limit," she added.

"Early detection is key for a good diagnosis and I think a lot of women get scared to self-examine because they are scared they'll find something - but really, the obvious thing is to get into the habit from a very young age. …

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