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Filed under: Health — Ryann Hayman @ 11:59 am


Toni Braxton has opened up to Us Weekly magazine about her reason for skipping last month’s season finale of “Dancing With the Stars.”


      As previously reported, the 41-year-old entertainer underwent surgery the week before to remove a benign tumor from her breast. She was aware of the tumor before she appeared on the ABC show, but didn’t schedule the surgery until after she was voted off on Oct. 20.


       “Getting the boot on the show was actually a blessing in disguise for me,” she tells Us Weekly in its upcoming Friday issue. “My grandmother on my dad’s side died of breast cancer, and I have aunts on both sides that have breast cancer.”


       Though Braxton is still recovering, she is scheduled to appear on the “Dancing With the Stars” tour, which begins Dec. 17 in San Diego.


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