Early Detection: Uncompromising and Redefined

Most women do not look forward to their annual mammograms. After all, who wants to be reminded that there is a 1 in 8 chance that you might get breast cancer in your lifetime? When I was diagnosed at age 43, it came as an unwelcome shock – I was not only young, but I had no family history whatsoever, ate well, exercised… and for those who remember my February 2006, well… it was already a bad week before I got this news!

Throughout my care, and ever since, I have kept wondering what would have happened had I not had that one screening mammogram. It didn’t take long to realize that this mammo had saved my life, and that there were countless women who hadn’t been as lucky as I was to be diagnosed at Stage I.

Over the past four years, I have become a passionate advocate for the early detection of breast cancer. I have tried my best to create awareness and to reach out to physicians, politicians, insurance companies, and women all over the country. As I learned more about breast cancer, mammography, and early detection, it was obvious that much of the system was still fragmented and, simply put, broken. Even though I had dodged my own cancer bullet, the stories I heard from many other survivors clearly reminded me that there was much to be done for women in America.

Many of the problems with the breast health system in this country are inherently due to a disunited approach – for the most part, centers ignore the value of comprehensive care, they employ failing business models and lack technological sophistication.

In 2008, I first heard about the Pink Lotus Breast Center, an organization started by Dr. Kristi Funk, one of the most respected and talented breast cancer surgeons in the country. I feel fortunate to have had Dr. Funk as my surgical oncologist; I experienced her commitment to comprehensive patient care and surgical artistry first hand, and was thrilled to know that women around the country could benefit from the same treatment I had received, inside a health system that works!

The Pink Lotus Breast Center is unique in so many ways, but most importantly, it was created as the only fully integrative and comprehensive solution for breast cancer patients available today, and was built from the ground up to support a woman’s treatment needs at any level imaginable.

As I searched for ways to cause awareness and give back, the Pink Lotus Breast Center became the ideal platform to reach out to women across the nation, and the only breast health organization that met the comprehensive levels of care that I believe every woman in America is entitled to receive.

To advance early detection, and to support the efforts of this incredibly innovative organization, I am thrilled to announce the launch of the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center, a state of the art breast imaging center featuring the latest advancements in digital screening and diagnostic imaging technologies. Our first location in Los Angeles is based in Beverly Hills, inside the flagship Pink Lotus Breast Center.

With announcements like these always come many questions. I want to take this opportunity to state that the purpose of my partnership is not financial gain, and that it was created solely to support you, the patient, to ensure that you would receive the best breast care possible. As a breast cancer survivor myself, helping other women catch the disease early, and helping them through treatment, is something I am proud to fully support with my name.

As we build additional breast centers across the country, I hope the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center will positively touch your life, or the life of someone you love.

Much health to all of you!

Sheryl



  • Denverker

    This is fantastic, Sheryl. It shows how much you care about women's health. Thank you for caring! ~Katherine Riebe

  • suzyq

    That is so awesome! It really helps spread the word when people who are in the public eye advocate things like this. Thanks!

  • Kristi

    Wow! That is great news about the new Imaging Center. I was 26 years old when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. This June was my 9 year anniversary. Next year for my 10 year anniversary my dream is to take our 6 year old daughter, Kora to a Sheryl Crow concert. You have been such an inspiration to so many women with your battle. We always listen to your music. My little girl bought me your new cd that just came out when she was shopping with her dad. I once gave the Stand Up To Cancer song to a lady that I used to teach in the same school district with. I told her to listen to it before each appointment or if she was having a bad day. Great song!!! I will be checking your concert dates and places for next summer. I am from Montana so it will be a road trip for us girls to get there. Can't wait!!

  • Abby

    Very informative! I hope there will be a new imaging center in Virginia. Thank you, Cheryl, for caring and for your generosity.

  • Realjr

    I am totally impressed with your dedication to this issue to provide the best health care to women everywhere. The best and latest technology and options for holistic treatment is in fact the best way to reach out to help people, especially ones who do not know about this disease. I have no doubt that it will be the best source of treatment for woman and I do hope you build as many as you can. It's an invasive personal disease that is not only physical, but has a huge psychological impact on any woman's life. Reaching out to help others in this way is quite remarkable. I do hope the imaging center keeps up with the ever changing technology. I think it will. xxoo

  • http://twitter.com/Nicia99 Nicia Alcivar

    That's something I really need to inquire “bout,
    When I go in for my physical examination January
    2011. Thanks for reaching out Sheryl,
    Nicia Alcivar

  • Karenarnett

    To Sheryl Crow,
    I admire all that you have done to help raise funds and awareness about cancer. I am also a cancer survivor, and each year I participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Chesapeake, VA. This year I am volunteering to organize the Luminaria Ceremony at the event on May 6th, 2011. During the Luminaria ceremony @ 9 PM, all of the lights are turned out at Chesapeake City Park, and tea candles are lit in white paper bags. Each bag represents someone who has been touched by cancer. The entire walking track is surrounded by flickering white bags, making the ceremony very introspective and moving. Would you be willing to share in our Chesapeake Relay for Life with us during the evening of May 6, 2011? I have nothing to offer you but an evening of joy and precious memories. Our Relay theme this year is Cancer Never Takes a Holiday. Maybe you could even share a song with us? I'm hoping to have a survivor carry a torch around the track while appropriately dignified music is playing in the background. I didn't know how to contact you directly, so if this post finds its way to you, I will feel very blessed. You may contact me at karenarnett@cox.net.

  • Suemundo59

    I had my first breast screening (about 18 months ago) when I was 49, fortunately everything was okay. Great work Sheryl, you are an ambassador for early diagnosis and breast cancer awareness.

    Been a fan of your music for as long as I can remember, it's great to see your Facebook pics and listen to your new music. Long may it continue. Sue xoxo

  • Mindi Cabe

    Excellent work, as always, Sheryl. I and my family truly appreciate what you have done for breast cancer research and ultimately, hopefully a cure. Warmly, Mindi Cabe, Dave & Seth Plush

  • Kari Williams RCP-CMF

    Thanks for keeping early detection in the forefront of the media and taking it on as a personal mission to help many women who cannot afford to always get this early diagnosis. Your hardwork is greatly appreciated.

  • Rebekah

    Dear Sheryl,
    Thank you so much for being a great inspiration and for you continued work towards breast cancer research. As a public health student and future physician working in cancer health disparities, you are my motivation to keep going on and continuing with this fight to find a cure for cancer. Wishing you all the best and thank you for paving the way for many and for TRULY standing up to cancer. Rebekah (beckyndindaa@gmail.com)

  • Nsca2000

    Thank you for sharing Sheryl. Looking forward to “the cure”……

  • laurie

    thanks ms.crow ,i’ve been fighting breast cancer for 2 1/2 yrs now and i have a long road ahead of me so thank you

  • Jmcrey

    Dear Sheryl, I am a guy that wishes he were able to make as many positive steps towards improving our world as you do. I am hoping that this is the start of a string of breast cancer centers. The number of lives saved and the amount of family happiness produced, combined with the amount of love produced by your actions is an endless action that I will last forever. Thank you for all that you do ! Jeff Mc

  • Diane

    Thank you, and much health to you!

  • http://www.likeatonofbricks.net Rekah80500

    Dear Sheryl, I am a breast cancer survivor. Please can you visit the website likeatonofbricks.net. I would like you to use the title of this book for your next single. Please contact me via e-mail so we can decide which excerpts from the book to use for the lyrics. I think this is a good idea. We can then make a video of the song and donate some of the proceeds to cancer research. I chose you first, and if you dont want to help i will understand and pitch it to another singer—Thanks—-Rita

  • http://twitter.com/chachingqueen Rachel ChaChingQueen

    Just wanted to say hi to fellow cancer survivors. I just celebrated 1 year since my breast cancer diagnosis. At just 31 and a mom with 2 small kids it was definitely unexpected to find out I had breast cancer. I made it through a tough year and now that I’m feeling better I just wanted to get the word out and help as many as possible. It’s so important for young people to be their own advocates. 3 different doctors thought I had a cyst, but I persisted, and luckily it was caught early. I still had to have a bilateral mastectomy and chemo.

    I blogged and vlogged (made YouTube videos) during and after my surgeries and treatment. If you know of anyone going through breast cancer please send them my way if they have any questions or just want to chat.

    In honor of Breast Cancer month I have a giveaway on my blog. Yoplait and Susan G Komen put together a nice gift pack of VIP coupons for FREE Yoplait Greek Yogurt, a pink leather journal and pen, and an awareness charm bracelet.
    In addition, Yoplait will make a $25 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® on behalf of the winner.

    Have a nice day,
    Rachel (Cha Ching Queen)
    http://www.chachingqueen.com

  • Delia

    My girlfriend Nora shared this website with me yesterday because I am about to go through a mastectomy on my left breast next week and reading your message has helped me feel better. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am scarred of course, but with the love of my husband and all the support I am getting from everyone I know I will be okay how can I not. What a wonderful gift you are giving with the Imaging Center. Someday when I am in town I hope to visit. You are in my prayers Sheryl.
    Aloha, Delia

  • Debbie B.

    First, thank you Sheryl for all you’ve done to help in the detection and prevention of breast cancer.

    After having a clear mammogram and ultrasound in February 2010, I was shocked when a lump I discovered in May turned out to be malignant. I have just finished 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 12 days of radiation for invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast. Chemotherapy was difficult but I have a few tips that helped me get through it and would like to share them.
    First, my taste buds were really affected by the chemo and I also got sores on my tongue for a few days during the first week after chemo. I found that drinking ice water with thin slices of cucumber and mint made water so much more palatable and actually refreshing.
    Second, I kept a journal of my symptoms. I could refer back to it after each treatment so I’d know what to expect and how long each symptom was going to last.
    I also wore accupressure wrist bands (available in any pharmacy) to help prevent nausea. The steroids taken the day before, the day of and the day after helped too. I never experienced any nausea. I just figured the wrist bands were extra insurance.
    I feel fantastic now and am ready to move on to the next stage of my life. We are all survivors!

  • Getsmashed2010 (jo)

    Hey Sheryl, I too am a Crow – diagonised last Christmas- and am undergoing the life after surgery…. I am thrilled you are teaming up with the breast cancer fight. Thank you for all you do!

  • Shana Olson

    Thank you for your public example and leadership. Your actions clear the silences surrounding this disease providing tools women need to make empowered choices. I just received a grade 3 DCIS diagnosis in my second lumpectomy in the same breast I had a stage 1 mucinous cancer in- while still in my 30s. My decision not to do mastectomy is risky, but less risky because of your gift of detection technology. I want to do the right thing with my life, like you do- You gather our sisterhood into a good spiritual direction through both your adversity -and your art. You are a hero. You are my hero, as I go through this- Thank you.