Reports: Janet Jackson Having Surgery to Remove Tumor on Vocal Cords
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Janet Jackson from the cover of her Janet album

According to reports, actress and singer Janet Jackson will have throat surgery to treat a suspected cancerous growth. She has been reportedly diagnosed with a tumor on her vocal chords.

On Dec. 24, Jackson announced via her Twitter account that she was postponing her “Unbreakable” tour for an unspecified medical procedure.

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She also assured her fans that the tour dates would be rescheduled.

“Please hold on to your tickets,” she Tweeted. “They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced. Please pray for me, my family, and our entire company during this difficult time. There will be no further comment.” reports that if the tumor is cancerous, it could mean the “end to the ‘Control’ singer’s career,” as she would need to to have immediate surgery and radiation treatment.

Reports also indicate that the voice box could also be susceptible to throat cancer since it contains the vocal cords that vibrate to make sound when a person talks or sings.

Extra TV reports that Jackson’s doctors have cleared her to tour Europe starting on March 30, and that her husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, is by her side.

Family, friends, and fans have all sent her well-wishes via social media. Check out a video card from fans below:


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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.