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One More Chance

Anastacia fights breast cancer. The 29-year-old pop diva vows to beat the disease

Anastacia | HAPPY TUNE Anastacia vows to fight
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HAPPY TUNE Anastacia vows to fight

Rising pop star Anastacia announced Tuesday that she has breast cancer. The 29-year-old singer issued a statement saying, ''My doctor was insistent that I have a mammogram (during a routine checkup last week) even though it was not required. He saved my life! I appreciate all who are concerned, but please don't worry. Either way I have no intention of letting this news get me down. I'm a fighter by nature and nothing will ever change that.''

Anastacia (full name: Anastacia Newkirk) is no stranger to health problems, having been diagnosed with the chronic intestinal ailment Crohn's disease when she was 13. On Tuesday, publicist Paul Freundlich declined to specify the nature of treatment the singer would undergo, but he did say that she'll continue working as usual. In a statement, he said that she's in dance rehearsals this week for the video for her single ''Love Is a Crime,'' from the ''Chicago'' soundtrack.

Originally posted Jan 22, 2003
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