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Kylie's comeback
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue earlier this month at a Paris fashion show
Kylie Minogue has given her first interview to the media since being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2005.

It's been both a painful and emotional time for the Australian pop superstar.

But just over a year after receiving the devastating news, she's decided to talk publicly about her ordeal, and the affect on her family.

While it may have been a difficult time for her, cancer charities say that more women are now being checked because of the so called 'Kylie effect'.

  • We had a clip of the interview on today's Breakfast, and we heard from Sarah O'Brien who was diagnosed with breast cancer on the same day as Kylie

  • And the charities Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care also came in to talk to Bill and Susanna in the studio about the increase in checks and the so-called Kylie effect

  • Watch again from the link to the right of this page

  • There's also information and advice from the above charities via the links to the right of this page

    Kylie said described the moment when her diagnosis was confirmed.

    She told Cat Deeley, for the interview on Sky One, "It's like a bomb has dropped".

    The interview can be seen on Sunday at 9.00pm; Kylie goes on to say she had just a day between her diagnosis and an operation on her breast.

    "I had one day's grace where I knew and went for a walk down to the beach..."

    The Kylie effect

    We spoke to mother of three Sarah O'Brien who was diagnosed with breast cancer on exactly the same day as Kylie.

    Sarah said she had initially ignored a lump on her breast, but a change of doctor meant she was given an examination and the bump was examined.

    Sarah has made a full recovery but said she couldn't believe the diagnosis because she was so young.

    Dr Lesley Walker from Cancer UK said they were flooded with requests and it led to massive media coverage, which created the Kylie effect.

    More people came forward for screening, and Dr Walker said it continued to be the case that even young women should have regular checks for the disease.

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