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Lisa Maffia apologized to fans for "accidentally" announcing she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

She said her mother has terminal cervical cancer, not her, and that her post was a mistaken.

The British musician and TV personality made headlines all over the world when she took to her Instagram account to say she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

The former So Solid Crew star, 41, said she was in a hospital for a colposcopy this week.

"I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer," she wrote. She added that doctors "burned" away the cancerous cells in her cervix.

"So now I'm even more cautious. This is just a reminder to anyone that maybe has forgotten to get tested! It's not a game," she wrote.

"Just like that, I am already out. That was so quick and easy," she wrote after her doctor's appointment.

"As you can see, I have been really upset, my mum has cancer, terminal cancer. It is so important to make sure you keep up to date with your smear tests and any checks in general on your health and just be mindful of your health because it can happen to anyone."

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Lisa received an outpouring of support from concerned fans all over the world who expressed their support for the singer/rapper.

But in a video shared on her Instagram page, the musician told her 72,000 followers she made a "terrible mistake".

"I sincerely apologize for making the terrible mistake of not finishing my sentence," she said, wiping away tears.

"I was in such an overwhelming state earlier that when I was posting I didn't really look back at my text, because it was coming from the heart - you just write sometimes."

She added:

"It said I have cervical cancer. I don't have cervical cancer. I had abnormal cells which needed to be burnt away. I was supposed to say there is cervical cancer in my family. I really do apologize to the hundreds of people."

She explained why she didn't correct her post earlier:

"I've been driving home so I haven't looked at my phone. I haven't got cervical cancer."

The original post has since been deleted.

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CNN sparked outrage and indignation on when the cable news network referred to a majority of its audience as "individuals with a cervix".

On Thursday, CNN tweeted, "Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65, with HPV testing every five years as the preferred method of testing, according to a new guideline released by the American Cancer Society."

CNN's followers reacted angrily to the offensive description. They schooled CNN on the proper language to describe biological females.

One user tweeted: "There is a word in the dictionary for the people you are referring to: WOMEN."

Another wrote: "Individuals with a cervix?????? We all realize only biologic women have a cervix right???? Is there a reason we cant call it what it is?"

A third user tweeted: "It's not just the headline - they get through the entire article without using the words 'woman' or 'female' once."

Others defended CNN for using inclusive and diverse language to describe a tiny segment of their audience.

"[A]ll of the ppl replying "don't you just mean women!" conveniently forget 1. trans ppl exist and 2. chromosomal abnormalities often result in ppl who aren’t biologically female having a cervix."