Singer Anastacia has been forced to cancel her upcoming European tour due after being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
The 44-year-old singer who burst on to the music scene with her debut album Not That Kind in 1999. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2003 after a routine mammogram before surgery to reduce her breast size due to back pain.
Following surgery and radiotherapy, Anastacia was later told in 2003 that she was in remission. Her follow-up album Freak Of Nature, released in 2001, went triple platinum and was also a hit in Europe, BBC News reports.
In the gap, the “I’m Outta Love” singer has continued to sing and tour, enjoying moderate success, although she has not reached the level of sales she did in the early 2000′s.
In a statement today on Facebook, the singer wrote:
“I feel so awful to be letting down all my amazing fans. It just breaks my heart to disappoint them.”
All tickets for the her 13 date tour to promote her latest album It’s A Man’s World, which was due to start on 6 April in London, will now be refunded.
The singer was also scheduled to perform at the Dubai World Cup Horse Race on March 30, said The Independent.
Bravely, Anastacia says she plans to keep on writing and recording despite her diagnosis and hopes to schedule a new tour as soon as possible.
When she was first diagnosed with the disease, the singer said the experience had taught her the importance of early detection in fighting breast cancer and she urged other women to have mammograms.
Anastacia also suffers from Crohn’s disease and supraventricular tachycardia.