Bif Naked diagnosed with breast cancer

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Flamboyant Vancouver singer Bif Naked has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Naked announced her diagnosis Sunday on George Stroumboulopoulos's radio show, saying she wanted to remind women of the importance of breast self-examination. Naked, whose real name is Beth Torbert, is 36.

She discovered the lump in her breast during self-examination shortly before Christmas, said her manager, Peter Karroll, and is scheduled to undergo a lumpectomy this week, followed by chemotherapy.

“It's serious enough for [doctors] to escalate all of their medical treatments,” he said. “It's not the worst and it's not the easiest [level of cancer]. It's stage 2 in that she's getting some extensive surgery, a lumpectomy, and they're going into her lymph nodes in one arm. The cancer is an aggressive form.”

It's well known that the punk rock singer leads a healthy lifestyle; she is a non-smoker, committed to a strict fitness regimen and vegan raw food diet.

“She thought she was indestructible, given her lifestyle, so she's really concerned that other women do the checks,” he said

The singer and actress joins a growing group of female celebrities to be struck with breast cancer in the prime of their lives.

Singer Sheryl Crow discovered her breast cancer two years ago at age 44, and Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed in 2005 at age 37. High-profile Canadians who've received a breast cancer diagnosis include CBC TV host Wendy Mesley, who discovered a lump at age 48, and MP Belinda Stronach, who underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction last year, at age 41. All those women have received a positive prognosis for recovery.

Naked has the attitude of a fighter, and she even has the word “survivor” tattooed on her arm. On The Strombo Show, she said she was grateful her husband is “an ass man.”

Naked is a Juno Award winner best known for hits ‘Daddy's Getting Married' and ‘I Love Myself Today'.

Source: Globe and Mail