Australian country star Catherine Britt has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo survey today in Newcastle.
In a series of tweets, Britt broke the news to fans.
“Hey guys, I just wanted you to be the first to know…I’ve had some bad news.
3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer…….
“I’m only 30, and have no family history of this, so I’m in shock and disbelief but in VERY strong spirits that I can beat this!!!!!
“Tmrw I will be operated on in a Newcastle Hospital with the best team possible and know more about my future treatment after the surgery….
“Since my diagnosis I’ve tried to get on w my life & music as best I can so I will still see you all out on the road & all future tour dates!
“I encourage all women of all ages to check urself & seek medical advice if there’s any changes at all in your breasts!!!
“I have learned that cancer doesn’t discriminate on age, race, health, jeans or anything……
“Please check yourselves at home in ur own time & go 2 ur doctor and get a full well woman health check as well!
Love to u all”.
Britt was just 15 years old when she started to sing professionally. In 2002 while Elton John was touring Australia he heard Britt’s album ‘Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures’. They recorded the song ‘Where We Both Say Goodbye’ together/ It reached no 38 on the US country chart.
Britt lived in Nashville from 2004 to 2009. As well as the Elton duet she has two further US country hits ‘The Upside of Being Down’ and ‘What I Did Last Night’.
Catherine Britt has won three Country Music Awards in Australia including Female Artist of the Year in 2009, Single of the Year for ‘Sweet Emmylou’ in 2011 and Female Artist of the Year, also in 2011.