Aretha Franklin is speaking out on her bout with pancreatic cancer and assuring fans that her “problem has been resolved.”
As previously reported, fans of the soul singer were shocked to find out that she’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer known for being one of the deadliest forms of the disease.
Franklin says however that she’s doing just fine and tells JET magazine that she’s been reluctant to talk about it because it’s her “personal business.”
“I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business. Not too much, not too much. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. But I am not one of those people. That’s not Aretha.”
Aretha also told the magazine about when she discovered her illness and tells JET she felt a very hard pain in her side” during a concert in Toronto, Canada last year.
“I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong. I associated the pain in my side with the colonoscopy that I had within a day or two before. I got up at 2 o’clock in the morning and called the doctor who did the colonoscopy and told him what was happening. He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’ Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.”
Franklin is encouraging her fans to get regular check-ups and respect her privacy as well.