updated 04/08/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/08/2008 AT 11:15 AM ET
A doctor mistakenly gave Kylie Minogue the all clear when she actually had breast cancer, the Australian singer told Ellen DeGeneres Monday.
A nervous-looking Minogue told DeGeneres that she had never publicly discussed the misdiagnosis before, but was inspired to speak out after an earlier guest on the show, U.S. presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton, emphasized how vital early breast cancer detection is.
“Listen, this is an opportunity for me to say something that I have not said before,” said Minogue when DeGeneres asked her about her own battle with the illness two years ago. “I was misdiagnosed initially. So my message to all of you and everyone at home is, because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they are right.”
Though Minogue did not reveal the date of the error, where it took place or how long she went before she got a second opinion correctly diagnosing her illness, she said it happened before her 2005 Showgirl concert tour.
“If you have any doubt, go back again,” urged Minogue, who is currently in remission.
DeGeneres also told the audience she had a mammogram and was given the all clear, but then “a couple of weeks later” she found a lump in her breast and had it removed.
“I had no intention of [talking about the misdiagnosis] today,” said Minogue to DeGeneres. “But with what you were talking about before, I didn’t realize it was a subject so close to your heart as well.”
Minogue is in the U.S. promoting her new album, X.
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