Rocker Melissa Etheridge is convinced her battle with cancer was a self-fulfilling prophecy - because she had pretended to be suffering from a terminal disease when she was a troubled teen.

The singer/songwriter deliberately lied to schoolmates in a bid for attention, but was horrified when she actually discovered a lump in her breast last year (04).

She recalls, "I made up all sorts of things. I was so miserable back then.

"I'm telling you, you bring things up in your life, you ask things in, and they'll come in eventually."