In 2006, at age 44, Sheryl Crow went in for her annual mammogram - as she had every year since she turned 40. She never expected there to be a problem. But there was a problem. She had breast cancer.
Though her cancer was early-stage and non-invasive, she had a lumpectomy and radiation. Crow’s diagnosis transformed her life in many ways but, most lasting, was her transformation into an early-detection advocate. According to Crow, “[talking about breast cancer] takes the fear out of it…one of the problems we have with breast cancer in general is getting women to go and get a mammogram. A lot of us who are moms are too busy, or we don’t want to know…In some instances, we’re poorly insured or uninsured. And until we find a cure, early-detection is our cure. The statistic of a cure rate at five years is 100 percent if it’s detected early.”
After her battle with breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center at Dr. Kristi Funk’s Pink Lotus Breast Center in 2010 to provide other women with the revolutionary technology that saved her life. Crow stands united with all women who are struggling with what she went through. She is “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 am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of my family and friends”. The Brem Foundation aligns with Sheryl Crow’s values and message – early detection saves lives! The Brem Foundation works to raise awareness to the necessity of early detection of breast cancer, make these technologies more accessible to all people, and maximize each woman’s chances of finding an early, curable breast cancer. We thank Sheryl Crow for being an Early-Detection Ambassador. The more voices we can raise to tell women everywhere about early-detection, the more lives we will save.