Carly Simon has taken some positives from her battle with breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy - she says it helped her value life and accept change.

The YOU'RE SO VAIN hitmaker, who discovered a lump in her breast in 1997, insists coping with the trauma has made her stronger and more open to change.

She says, "I had been aware of the lump.

"Then one doctor said, 'You know what, I'd rather see it in a jar than in your breast.' So he took it out and it was cancer. Fortunately it hadn't spread to my lymph nodes.

She adds, "That (the mastectomy) changes an awful lot of things.

"It allows you to grow because it makes you accept what's new and different."