Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, 60, has been a breast cancer activist ever since a routine mammogram – which she almost skipped – saved her life. The breast cancer survivor was diagnosed at stage 0 and was loud and proud of the early detection,
The St. Louis-born star, who now resides in Nashville, recently penned an op-ed for PEOPLE magazine, which highlights her journey to advocacy and continues her important message.
“I have spent the past decade sharing my experience of breast cancer with women around the world – from my fans to their sisters, daughters and mothers – in the hope that they will learn from my experience and prioritize their health,” she wrote. “It’s so important to me because I almost missed the opportunity to catch my cancer early.”
Sheryl goes on to detail how 2006 was a “particularly tumultuous time” in her life in all areas: love, career and health.
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“Understandably, I was tempted to delay my annual mammogram visit – as so many women do when facing stressful times in life, whether during a pandemic, a career change, family issues Or just the daily grind,” she wrote.
Her breast cancer was discovered early, and now she’s really paying for it by doing her part to get women screened for breast cancer.
“My story is a testament that you can go on to live a long and healthy life after diagnosis,” she concluded. “As a breast cancer survivor who credits early detection with saving my life, I’ve included my life story to help educate women about the importance of scheduling their annual mammograms .”
The activist also recently announced that she is releasing a documentary about her life, which she says will also highlight her story of breast cancer.
“It is my hope that women who watch Sheryl will be inspired to stand up for themselves in all aspects of their lives, especially when it comes to preventative health screenings.
Sheryl’s breast cancer battle
Sheryl was diagnosed at 44 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as stage zero breast cancer.
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When a person has DCIS, stage zero cancer, it means that abnormal cells can be found in the milk duct and have become cancerous but have not yet metastasized or spread to other parts of the body.
Breast Cancer Introduction to Prevention and Screening
Crow credits her instincts for not delaying her mammogram. After screening, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “It never occurred to me that the mammogram would find anything because I have no family history and I had no signs of it, no lumps or anything like that. “, Crow told PEOPLE of the diagnosis in a previous interview. “And I was extremely, and still am, very healthy, very athletic and fit. I just didn’t think I would be a candidate at all.
The Crow lumpectomy, a minimally invasive surgery, was followed by 33 radiotherapy treatments over 7 weeks. After these treatments, her cancer went into remission. Today, she is a strong advocate for encouraging women to have their mammograms and screen for breast cancer.
When you are called back after a mammogram
Make an appointment with your doctor to see when it’s best for you to start having your annual mammogram. Like Sheryl, it could save your life.
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