Television personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley says her involvement with Dancing With The Stars may have saved her life after recently announcing that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 58-year-old entertainer has given an exclusive interview about her "gut-churning fear" to women's magazine New Idea just a week after receiving the news.
I thought it could never happen to me. I’ve always looked after myself, but here I am.
Kennerley discovered a small lump in her right breast when trying on a costume for a performance on the Channel Seven dancing show.
'I might not have realised for months' ... Kerri-Anne Kennerley in a Dancing With The Stars costume.
The television veteran said she immediately got it checked out and was diagnosed with cancer soon after.
''The doctor told me if I hadn't lost eight kilograms on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), and if I hadn't been fiddle-faddling with that beaded bra, I might not have realised there was anything wrong for months,'' she's told New Idea magazine, published today.
''I guess you could say DWTS may have saved my life.''
Breast cancer ... Kennerley has postponed treatment until after her stint on the show. Photo: Helen Nezdropa
Kennerley will undergo further medical assessment to determine what treatment she will need. However, radiotherapy and the loss of at least part of her breast are certainties, the magazine reports.
But the Gold Logie nominee said she has postponed surgery so she is able to appear on the final episode of DWTS. She is also due to launch her own prime-time television show on the network.
Fellow DWTS performer and ex-AFL star Brendon Fevola told Channel Seven's Sunrise this morning that he was saddened by the news but was confident she would make a full recovery.
'Gut-wrenching fear' ... Kennerley in action on Dancing With The Stars.
''To hear that news about Kerri-Anne, it's upsetting,'' he said. ''She's a fighter and she'll get on top of this.''
Kennerley has gone public with the news to try and encourage other women to have regular health checks.
''I didn't have any symptoms ... I didn't have any of the risk factors,'' she said. ''That's why, as boring and as tedious as mammograms and ultrasounds are, have them - and have them often.
''I thought it could never happen to me. I’ve always looked after myself, but here I am.''
In November last year Kennerley bid goodbye to Channel Nine after she was dumped from the network's morning show.
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