Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Lisa Lisa

updated 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• Back with Life 'n Love, her first disc in 15 years, the '80s dance-pop diva, 42, shares her secret battle with breast cancer.

ON SURVIVING BREAST CANCER I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma at 22. Only my mother knew. I didn't know how to tell people. I just wanted to sing. On tour, I wore big clothes to hide the chemo pack on my hip. The lumpectomies took inches off my breasts. People asked, "Did you get a breast reduction?" No! That hurt. I fell into a depressed mode. I regret not talking about it. But I've been cancer-free for 20 years.

ON CULT JAM I still do shows with Spanador and Mike [Hughes], who's also a professional capoeira fighter. You see fans from back in the day with their kids—and their kids' kids!

ON HER '80s STYLE I'm horrified by the long-tailed jackets, lace headbands and half gloves. My husband's family makes me and my [two] kids watch my old videos on YouTube. It tortures me. What was I thinking?

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