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Carly Simon fighting breast cancer

May 5, 1998
Web posted at: 4:06 p.m. EDT (1606 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Carly Simon has breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy to treat it, the singer's record company, Arista Records, confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

Simon, who turns 53 next month, was diagnosed last October and had a malignant tumor removed from her breast. The chemotherapy treatments are reportedly nearing an end.

Simon revealed her condition through an article in the Tuesday edition of the New York Daily News. She said she decided to talk about her illness because the National Enquirer was working on a story that might exaggerate her condition.

"I was in the hospital for one night," Simon said. "Because they got everything during the procedure -- and the prognosis was good -- my doctor gave me the option of whether to have chemo. I decided to play it safe," she told the Daily News.

"I feel stronger and more vital than ever," she added. "When you actually have a battle, it's better than when you don't know who to fight."

Simon skyrocketed to the top of music charts in the 1970s with such hits as "You're So Vain," "Nobody Does It Better," "Anticipation" and "Haven't Got Time for the Pain."

After being diagnosed with cancer last year, Simon said she bought wigs in case she lost her hair, but she hasn't used them yet, the report says.

"I've visited some women who are so much worse off. My heart breaks for them," Simon said. She added that she was "crushed" when her long-time friend Linda McCartney died last month of breast cancer.

And she urged more research in fighting the deadly disease.

"There's a feeling that if this had been a man's disease, it would have been licked already," Simon said.

Simon has two children, Sally and Ben, from her marriage to singer-songwriter James Taylor. They split in 1982.

Simon has been married to novelist Jim Hart for nearly a decade. She recently published her fifth children's book, "Midnight Farm."

Simon has also scored the music for several movies.

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