Queen Latifah is urging fans to follow her lead after going for her first ever mammogram.

The U.S. talk show host was due to get checked a long time ago, but missed her appointment due to a busy work schedule. Now she is keen to make sure her viewers don't make the same mistake.

She tells the New York Daily News, "I got a mammogram on Friday, the first one I've ever got, and I was scheduled to do this a long time ago and then got an appointment and then work was so that it got away from me... I shared it (spoke about it) because I felt that other people had busy schedules and let something important like that just get away from them."

Latifah also reveals she called her doctor to book a check-up after speaking with a breast cancer survivor on The Queen Latifah Show, saying, "I think the show was a motivation for me to get more conscious about my own health."