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Floor Jansen, vocalist for the long-running Finnish metal band Nightwish, has revealed that she has breast cancer.
In a statement posted to her Twitter Wednesday, Jansen shares that she was diagnosed two weeks ago and is set to undergo surgery to remove the tumor on Thursday. Fortunately, Jansen says that her “prognosis is very good.”
“It seems to be a non-aggressive cancer, which seems to not have spread,” Jansen writes. “I will keep my breast. And I will be cancer free after this surgery, plus a local radiation treatment that will take place three months after this surgery, hopefully. We will know more after the surgery to see if this positive prognosis stands.”
“The word cancer is a shocker,” she continues. “All that you found important in life before this diagnosis changes radically within minutes. Now I just want to be healthy again. I want to see my daughter grow into a woman; I want to live!”
Jansen notes that she felt healthy before the diagnosis and only found out about it during a routine mammogram.
“A mammogram is lifesaving!” Jansen writes. “It’s uncomfortable and you might not think that you won’t have something in your breasts anyway but GO!”
She adds, “If I might inspire you to take good care of yourself, then something good will come out of this diagnosis.”
Jansen joined Nightwish as a touring member in 2012 and has been the band’s official vocalist since 2013. She’s featured on the band’s last two albums, 2015’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful and 2020’s Human. :II: Nature.
If everything with the surgery “goes as planned,” Jansen hopes to join Nightwish on their scheduled European tour, which launches November 20.
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