Breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow, is urging women to get their annual mammograms during the coronavirus pandemic, telling fans early detection “made a huge difference” in her cancer journey.
According to People, the 58-year-old, who was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2006, is concerned about people putting off getting a mammogran because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve definitely been concerned about people putting off their mammograms for a year because in my situation that could have made the difference in having to go through chemotherapy, or just having what I had, radiation and the lumpectomy,” Crow shared with People.
“I’m encouraging women to not let that yearly appointment go by because it can mean a huge difference in the kind of diagnosis you receive, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer,” Crow urged. “We have a cure — early detection — and it’s our greatest weapon.”
“I think typically women are maybe afraid they’ll find that they have it, or they don’t have time, or some people are poorly insured or maybe uninsured,” Crow noted. “And there’s a multitude of reasons to not go, but there is one great reason to go. And that’s early detection.”
Crow reflected on how early detection played a huge role in her breast cancer treatment, telling People she didn’t expect her mammogram to show up anything, but is glad it did.
“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. “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.”
“It was definitely not at the top of my list of things I wanted to get done, but I did it and looking back, that’s part of my story,” she continues. “And that’s one of the reasons that I am such a proponent for being diligent, and at age 40, getting your yearly mammogram, because it did make a huge difference in my life.”