New Zealand entertainment legends the Topp Twins announce they both have breast cancer

Jools and Lynda Topp.
Jools and Lynda Topp. Photo credit: Getty Images

New Zealand entertainment legends the Topp Twins have announced they're both fighting breast cancer.

Jools and Lynda Topp are used to performing as a duo but in this next battle, they will be doing it apart to protect each other. 

"I don't know what's harder - having cancer or not having Jools here," Lynda told TVNZ's Sunday.

Jools was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2006 at the age of 48 but overcame it after her left breast was removed and weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.

However, Jools told TVNZ she began to feel unwell again last year before shortly after Lynda found out she also had breast cancer. 

"So, all of a sudden, boom. In COVID, I can't be with Jools. I came out of the office at St George's Hospital and I sat in the car. 

"I just burst into tears."

The Topp Twins have become Kiwi television mainstays with their show the Topp Twins, where they played characters Camp Mother, Camp Leader, Ken and Ken.

The duo's success was acknowledged in 2018 as they were made Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to entertainment at Government House.