Country music legend Dolly Parton has denied claims that she has stomach cancer and says she is "doing just fine." Dolly was hospitalized three weeks ago, and rumors began to circulate that the 69-year-old singer was suffering from stomach cancer. The Daily Mail revealed that rumors began to circulate about Dolly's health after the National Enquirer published a story claiming that Ms. Parton had stomach cancer and that "friends" spoke out because they feared Dolly was covering it up.
Dolly released a statement on her website denying the cancer story and explaining that she had been in hospital to have painful kidney stones removed. Parton's statement aims to set the record straight and reassure her many fans. Dolly was even back at work a few days after the operation.
"It is true that I had kidney stones. I had them removed three weeks ago and I am doing just fine! I am back to work and last week I was at Dollywood filming parts for my new movie 'Coat of Many Colors,' which premieres December 10th on NBC."Parton is widely regarded as one of the hardest working stars in the country music business and has amassed an estimated $500 million fortune. Dolly has scored an amazing 25 No 1 hits and even played the iconic "legend" slot at last years Glastonbury festival.
"With the 30th Anniversary of Dollywood, I did a full week of activities promoting my new DreamMore Resort's opening. There is absolutely no truth at all that I have stomach cancer. I love and appreciate everyone's concern."
According to the BBC, fears over Dolly's health were sparked when Eagles star Don Henley said that Parton had overcome a "medical issue" to shoot a video with him in Los Angeles. Whilst being interviewed at an Americana music festival, Henley let slip that Dolly had left "her hospital bed" to join him in the video for "When I Stop Dreaming."
If Parton has been suffering from kidney stones, it is a painful but common condition. The stones are formed from minerals present in urine, minerals that normally pass out of the body naturally. Occasionally, as appears to have happened in Dolly's case, the stones don't flush out naturally and need to be removed.
If Ms. Parton suffers from the condition, again, it seems that there may be a much more fun way of shifting them. Researchers in Ankara, Turkey have discovered that having sex regularly may help to get rid of kidney stones. The Mirror reports that the researchers split a group of 90 patients into three groups. One group were prescribed sexual intercourse three or four times a week. The second group took a popular medication, and the third group were a control group. It seems that 28 of the 31 patients in the intercourse group passed their stones naturally.
If further research is required to prove the hypothesis, it seems unlikely that the researchers will have much trouble finding volunteers.
Dolly Parton has had a hugely successful music career after bursting on to the music scene at just 13-years-old. Parton has had 25 singles certified gold, platinum, or multiplatinum and no fewer 42 top ten country albums. Parton has received a an incredible total of 46 Grammy nominations, the most for any female artist. Dolly has eight Grammys from those nominations.
With Dolly being back at work finishing her movie, promoting the new DreamMore Resort at Dollywood, and even helping out other music stars by appearing in their videos, it seems that there is no prospect of Parton slowing down anytime soon. Parton's millions of fans will be wishing her continued good health, though perhaps some will be advising Dolly to slow down enough to have more sex to ensure she keeps those kidney stones at bay.
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