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Kidman denies reports she has breast cancer

Oscar-winning actress says tests show no sign of disease
/ Source: The Associated Press

Nicole Kidman launched a pre-emptive strike at what she said were unfounded tabloid rumors that she has breast cancer.

Representatives of the "Cold Mountain" actress said Friday they wanted to set the record straight after receiving numerous questions from reporters after some of Kidman's health records were obtained without authorization. The Oscar winner said she's in perfect health.

"Unfortunately, due to an invasion of my medical privacy, I've received a number of calls from the press asking about a visit to the hospital in Los Angeles in January," Kidman said in a statement released exclusively to The Associated Press.

"I went in for a routine checkup, and the doctors discovered an area they thought needed further testing. The results of those tests were negative and I was given an 'all clear.'"

"Needless to say, my family and I are enormously relieved and thankful," she added. "As always, I am committed to raising funds and awareness for women's health issues, and I'd like to emphasize the importance for all women to have regular mammograms and checkups."

Coincidentally, Kidman is set to be honored on March 1 by the Women's Cancer Research Fund, in a ceremony designed to raise money for women's cancer research. She is being recognized in part for her work as the board chair for the organization Women's Health Fund at UCLA.

Meanwhile, the actress has appeared healthy at various awards ceremonies in recent weeks and her upcoming work schedule does not suggest someone who is ailing.

In March, Kidman begins filming the United Nations thriller "The Interpreter," followed by a comedic role as the housewife enchantress in a remake of TV's "Bewitched."