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Sept 18, 2002

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Associated Press

Sept 20 2002

Newton-John visited cancer survivors at Thompson Cancer Survival Center here on Wednesday, sharing a positive attitude and

The star of "Grease" told reporters she didn't even tell her daughter of her breast cancer. A family friend had died from cancer six  months earlier. "I didn't want to frighten my family or my friends  who did not know," said Newton-John, who turns 54 next week.

But she said a chance meeting with an old family friend turned her attitude around. The woman told the singer that she'd survived breast cancer 20 years earlier.

That woman, Newton-John said, made an enormous difference to her life. "It was like, 'Oh my goodness. She had it 20 years ago, and they didn't have such a good treatment then. If she can be fine, then I  can be fine,'" Newton-John said.

Newton-John performed Wednesday night with the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra. She is known for her role in the movie "Grease" and hits including "Physical" and "I Honestly Love You."

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