10/05/2011 02:48 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2011

Kylie Minogue Receives Honorary Degree For Cancer Charity Work

Kylie Minogue spoke of her own battle for health as she received an honorary degree for her work promoting breast cancer awareness.

The Australian pop star and actress, who fought the disease herself, received an honorary Doctor of Health Sciences award from Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

It means the pop princess is now entitled to call herself Dr Minogue.

Wearing a traditional doctoral cap and gown over trousers, she spoke to about 220 graduates from the faculty of education.

She said: "I never went to university so my dad will be very proud when he sees the pictures.

"I am here partly for the work I do promoting breast cancer awareness.

"When you are diagnosed yourself it becomes a lot more real and you appreciate at first hand the hard work that goes on to support patients through it."

The singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to beat the disease.

She was given the all-clear the following year.

She has since been credited with the "Kylie effect" - encouraging young women to undergo regular screenings.