Beverley Craven has been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

The British award-winning singer, 55, announced the news this week, taking to Twitter to confirm that her Woman To Woman tour will still continue, but she would postpone the second leg of her tour while she undergoes chemotherapy.

The mother-of-three, best known for her 1991 UK Top 5 hit single ‘Promise Me’, was diagnosed last month before undergoing a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance, and will start a five-month course of chemotherapy in December. 

Beverley, who paid tribute to her three daughters Mollie, 26, Brenna, 23, and Connie, 21, in the tweet, was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 but recovered following treatment. 

She tragically lost her sister and her cousin to the disease.    

Beverley Craven has taken to Twitter to reveal that she been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and has undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance

Beverley Craven has taken to Twitter to reveal that she been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and has undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance

Beverley Craven has taken to Twitter to reveal that she been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and has undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance

Beverley is due to go on tour this November alongside eighties singer Julia Fordham and seventies star Judie Tzuke.

The second leg of the tour, which has sold over 30,000 tickets and was due to take place in March 2019, has been moved to June to allow Beverley time to recover from her treatment.

Taking to Twitter in a heartfelt message to her fans Beverley said: ‘First of all, I want to reassure everyone who has bought tickets for Woman To Woman 2018 that I will be fit and fully recovered in time for our tour this year. 

‘Unfortunately I was diagnosed with breast cancer (for a second time) one month ago and have since undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance.

Beverley will delay the second leg of her Woman To Woman tour with Judie Tzuke (seen centre) and Julia Fordham (seen right), while she undergoes a five-month chemotherapy course

Beverley will delay the second leg of her Woman To Woman tour with Judie Tzuke (seen centre) and Julia Fordham (seen right), while she undergoes a five-month chemotherapy course

Beverley will delay the second leg of her Woman To Woman tour with Judie Tzuke (seen centre) and Julia Fordham (seen right), while she undergoes a five-month chemotherapy course

The mother-of-three, 55, best known for her 1991 UK Top 5 hit single 'Promise Me', was diagnosed last month and will undergo five-month course of chemotherapy, as confirmed in a touching tweet (seen)

The mother-of-three, 55, best known for her 1991 UK Top 5 hit single 'Promise Me', was diagnosed last month and will undergo five-month course of chemotherapy, as confirmed in a touching tweet (seen)

The mother-of-three, 55, best known for her 1991 UK Top 5 hit single ‘Promise Me’, was diagnosed last month and will undergo five-month course of chemotherapy, as confirmed in a touching tweet (seen)

‘When the tour finishes in early December I will start a five-month course of chemotherapy in an effort to severely diminish the chances of the cancer spreading further.’

Beverley confirmed that new dates have been arranged for June, continuing with: ‘Unfortunately, because of the chemo, we have had to postpone the second leg of the tour due to take place in March/April 2019.  

‘I will forever be indebted to Jules, Judie, Lee Noble and John Eaden for their unbelievable selflessness and support during these last few very difficult weeks.’

Paying tribute to her fellow tour members she admitted to feeling ‘hugely grateful at their kindness, adding: ‘Their insistence that my health must come before our W2W tour – a project that we’ve all worked ridiculously hard to put together over the past year – has made me feel very cared for and valued as a friend, a colleague and as an artist.’ 

 Beverley was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, before going on to beat the disease, but tragically lost her sister and cousin to the disease (seen in 2009)

 Beverley was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, before going on to beat the disease, but tragically lost her sister and cousin to the disease (seen in 2009)

 Beverley was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, before going on to beat the disease, but tragically lost her sister and cousin to the disease (seen in 2009)

Speaking about her children she admitted to feeling 'blessed' to have such 'caring and devoted' daughters- seen with one of her daughters in the nineties

Speaking about her children she admitted to feeling 'blessed' to have such 'caring and devoted' daughters- seen with one of her daughters in the nineties

Speaking about her children she admitted to feeling ‘blessed’ to have such ‘caring and devoted’ daughters- seen with one of her daughters in the nineties

Fans of the star took to Twitter to praise her bravery and offer their support during this tough time

Fans of the star took to Twitter to praise her bravery and offer their support during this tough time

Fans of the star took to Twitter to praise her bravery and offer their support during this tough time

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER?

Breast cancer can cause a number of symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.

Most breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by your doctor.

According to NHS Choices you should also see your GP if you notice any of the following:

  • A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast 
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Speaking about her children she admitted to feeling ‘blessed’ to have such ‘caring and devoted’ daughters. 

Beverley continued: ‘My girls Mollie [26], Brenna [23] and Connie [21] have been looking after me at home…cooking, cleaning, dog walking, bed making, clothes washing, food shopping, giving me the best hugs in the world and telling me several times a day how much they love me’.

Paying tribute to her surgeon, partner Mike Ede, her best friends and her sister, the brave singer revealed they had given her the courage to beat the disease.

Beverly concluded of the upcoming tour, of which many dates have sold out: ‘It’s at times like this that you recognise the important things in life…doing what we all love for the people who love what we do!’. 

The singer’s biggest hit was her debut single Promise Me, which won her the British breakthrough act prize at the Brit Awards in 1992.

She went on to release five albums over the years, with her last album released in 2014 peaking at 90 in the charts.

The singer's biggest hit was her debut single Promise Me, which won her the British breakthrough act prize at the Brit Awards in 1992- seen earlier this year

The singer's biggest hit was her debut single Promise Me, which won her the British breakthrough act prize at the Brit Awards in 1992- seen earlier this year

The singer’s biggest hit was her debut single Promise Me, which won her the British breakthrough act prize at the Brit Awards in 1992- seen earlier this year

Beverley Craven’s full Twitter announcement 

‘First of all, I want to reassure everyone who has bought tickets for Woman To Woman 2018 that I will be fit and fully recovered in time for our tour this year. 

‘Unfortunately I was diagnosed with breast cancer (for a second time) one month ago and have since undergone a double mastectomy and lymph node clearance. 

‘When the tour finishes in early December I will start a 5-month course of chemotherapy in an effort to severely diminish the chances of the cancer spreading further.

‘Unfortunately, because of the chemo, we have had to postpone the second leg of the tour due to take place in March/April 2019. 

‘New dates have been arranged for June and are now published on the WTWLive.com website.

‘I will forever be indebted to Jules, Judie, Lee Noble and John Eaden for their unbelievable selflessness and support during these last few very difficult weeks. 

‘Their insistence that my health must come before our W2W tour – a project that we’ve all worked ridiculously hard to put together over the past year – has made me feel very cared for and valued as a friend, a colleague and as an artist. I am hugely grateful to be surrounded by such kind and considerate human beings.

‘My girls Mollie, Brenna and Connie have been looking after me at home…cooking, cleaning, dog walking, bed making, clothes washing, food shopping, giving me the best hugs in the world and telling me several times a day how much they love me. 

‘I feel truly blessed and very lucky to have such caring and devoted daughters.

‘To all the people who have helped and are continuing to help me overcome and cope with this brutal and terrifying disease I would like to express my deepest and sincerest thanks: my breast surgeon Giles Cunnick, my partner Mike Ede, my best friends Kate Cormican, Sally Brown, Karen Mason and Nettie Stevenson and my beloved sister Kathy for showing me the light. 

‘You have all given me courage in my darkest moments and the strength to beat this.

‘The girls (Judie & Julia) and I are more determined than ever to make our Woman To Woman tour especially memorable for everyone. It’s at times like this that you recognise the important things in life…doing what we all love for the people who love what we do!’ 

 

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