Doctor Oz brought Sheryl Crow, Grammy Award Winning musician, on his show to talk about Surviving Breast Cancer. Sheryl Crow’s first album came out in 1993, and by 2006 she found out that she had breast cancer – just 5 days after her 44th birthday, and breast cancer changed her life. Luckily, Sheryl Crow found out about her cancerous tumor early through a Mammogram, and was able to be cancer-free just one year later.
Sheryl Crow told Dr Oz that she is a generally healthy person, other than loving Fritos and powdered sugar donuts (which I cannot blame her for!). Crow did not have a family history of breast cancer either, but luckily she was diligent about getting her Mammograms. Only 20% of women who get breast cancer have a family history of it.
Kristi Funk joined Doctor Oz to talk about the importance of early detection of Breast Cancer. Finding breast cancer at an early stage means finding it when it is still in stage 0 or stage 1, which means that your breast cancer will have a 98% chance of being cured. If you detect breast cancer early, you decrease your chance of dying from it by 30%. So please make sure to get mammograms regularly.
Sheryl Crow said that the Breast Cancer community is very tight knit, and women stop her in the airport all the time to share their stories with her. She knew she was not going to die, but Breast Cancer impacts you for the rest of your life because you will always be a survivor. Sheryl had a lumpectomy and radiation treatment, plus drank funky teas and had acupuncture. Make sure to read the Breast Cancer Prevention Guide for lots of good tips like these funky teas Sheryl spoke about!
Dr. Dennis Slamon also joined Dr. Oz on the show to talk about how the one size fits all approach for medicine, particular as an Oncologist, has changed. Dr. Slamon said there are different subtypes of breast cancer, and each type behaves differently and must be treated differently. The molecular makeup of different Breast Cancers require tailored treatments.
Doctor Oz asked Sheryl if she does anything differently now, and she said she just looks at life differently now. She takes care of herself and has learned to say no to people around her. Listen to your own voice, and tell people if you need a bit of space or time. Sheryl started the adoption process right after she found out she had cancer, and now she has a precious little boy. She said that if you create space in your life, then the real blessings can come in. Please let this be inspiration to go out and schedule your Mammogram to catch Breast Cancer in its early stages!