Sheryl Crow's Battle with Breast Cancer

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Singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ, an early form of breast cancer, in 2006 at the age of 44. Her cancer was originally spotted during a routine mammogram, which detected small calcifications. She was advised to have a repeat mammogram sixth months from the original, after which a diagnosis was confirmed. Crow underwent a minimally invasive lumpectomy to remove the cancer as well as seven rounds of radiation treatments.

The treatment resulted in a full remission and the singer-songwriter started the family she'd always wanted about a year later.  

Personal Experience With Cancer

Crow was no stranger to cancer, especially with her previous relationship with cancer survivor/cyclist Lance Armstrong. She also participated in the "Rock Against Breast Cancer" concert in 2000.

At the time of her diagnosis, Crow released this statement:

"Approximately 1 in 7 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 2 million Americans are living with breast cancer today. I am joining the more than 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

We are a testament to the importance of early detection and new treatments. I encourage all women everywhere to advocate for themselves and for their future. See your doctor and be proactive about your health.

More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer. I am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of family and friends."

Becoming an Advocate

Since her diagnosis and recovery, Crow has taken measures to maintain her good health and to raise awareness for breast cancer. She adheres to a diet of mostly in-season and organic foods and actively promotes a new technology called Genius 3D Mammography, which she says can help detect cancer up to 15 months earlier than traditional mammography.

 

She also praises other young celebrities, including Christina Applegate, Shannon Doherty, Angelina Jolie, and fellow musician and friend Melissa Etheridge, who have all been diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age and opened up about their battle with the public. 

She believes knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer, and advocates for all women to educate themselves on their risk, get screened, and stay up-to-date on diagnosis and treatment options. While Crow does not have a significant family history of breast cancer, she points out that it is important to remember that most women (up to 70 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history or any other significant risk factors.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, and for those with a family history or any other significant risk factors should work with their doctors to have an even more aggressive early detection plan. 

 

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