BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — KCAL9’s Sandra Mitchell concludes her three-part series on breast cancer — “1 in 8”, so named because one in eight American women will get breast cancer — with a special interview and profile of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow.

Five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Crow is in Beverly Hills for her regular mammogram.

“I’m five years out,” she tells Mitchell, “which is good. I think I’m done… knock on wood.”

Crow, reports Mitchell, might be done with the scans and the biopsies and the radiation treatments.

But she is not done spreading the message.

A simple but powerful one: early detection is key.

“I felt like ultimately after I was done with my treatment,” says Crow, “my experience was worth talking about…I definitely believe where there’s knowledge there’s power. Until there’s a cure for cancer, early detection and prevention are the best forms of cure that we have.”

Crow talked to Mitchell about her advocacy for breast cancer. Mitchell, of course, was diagnosed two months ago.

Says Crow, “I have a very loyal and wide-reaching fan base. I have a great opportunity to talk to people about cancer and prevention and self educating.”

Crow was successfully treated at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. The breast imaging center there is named after her.

Now, she is using her name and her fame to help others. Crow admits when she first got her own diagnosis it was a show-stopping moment. “It really puts you in your body,” she explains, “it makes you look at yourself differently.”

An avid runner, Crow realized after the diagnosis she had to be even more vigilant about her own health.

“From that moment on, I never looked at life the same way again. I knew it would never feel the same. For me, it became a lesson in putting myself first and [learning] how to say no and put myself at the top of the list of the people I took care of.”

These days, Crow is taking care of two young sons. She adopted her first son, Wyatt, soon after her diagnosis.

Mitchell tells Crow that it’s a testament to her resolve that she believed she would beat cancer by going through the adoptive process at the same time.

“I felt like not all my decisions were based in a quiet, centered and serene place,” she admits, candidly. “But I knew I wanted to be a mom. I felt like I was put on his planet to be a mom.”

And, of course, an entertainer. Mitchell asks if Crow’s bout with cancer found its way into her music.

“Your life informs your art and certainly that was such a huge part of my life, it definitely changed the way I looked at my life and lived my life and conducted myself.”

Ultimately, Crow reveals, “My prognosis is to go live a healthy life.”

Comments (8)
  1. Rankin 1 says:

    sandra Mitchel is HOT! whatever happen to MIA LEE< she disappeared as will my comment.

  2. Susan P says:

    Hi Sandra,

    I want to bring to your attention the Sophia automated ultrasound by iVuImaging. In conjunction with mammography, the Sophia is an additional diagnostic tool that allows greater efficiency and accuracy for a diagnostic ultrasound.

    Also, you may want to become aware of a bill currently being processed in the Califiornia Senate that will ensure women are informed if they have dense breast tissue. As you were diagnosed at stage 1, you likely have no dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue hides abnormalities on Mammograms (even on the new digital mammograms). The bill in the Califiornia senate – SB 173 – is similar to one passed in Connecticut a few years ago. SB 173 ensures women with dense breast tissue are immediately informed that they have dense breast tissue, and offered either an MRI or Ultrasound to ensure that if there is cancer lurking amongst the dense breast tissue, it can be detected early.

    Many unfortunate women have failed to be diagnosed until stage 3 or 4 breast cancer because of the inability of these cancers to be seen on Mammography in the presence of dense breast tissue. Please check out and learn more about the Sophia. Also, feel free to contact me for details on SB 173, or more information about the similar Connecticut law.

    Susan P

  3. Ken says:

    Anyone out there know what group of people have the highest rate of breast cancer? Men. Why is that? Most people, including men, do not know men can get breast cancer. Thus, by the Time they find out what they have, it is too late.

    Both national and local television and radio are complicit in failing to inform the public, even in breast cancer awareness month, that men can get breast cancer. Rarely (Channel 2 and 9 did have something on this about a year ago) will you ever see anything about men getting breast cancer. While I certainly wish Ms. Mitchell well, her reporting and the article after it (breast cancer increased by alcohol use) sre entirely about women and breast cancer. Not one word about men and breast cancer. That is also true for most of the advertising about Susan G. Komen organization and also other breast cancer organzations.

    I guess these organization and the media believe that men are dispensible.

  4. Ken says:

    Correction. Highest rate of death from breast cancer, not highest rate of breast cancer. While the rate of breast cancer in men, as compared to women, that is no excuse for the media silence on the fact that me can get breast cancer and those that too can find out too late to save them.

  5. Susan P says:

    When iVuImaging was installing the Sofia automated ultrasound system in the Middle East Men were lining up to get scanned as a result of exceptionally high rates of breast cancer in Men following Chernobyl.

  6. Auth says:

    Seriously pink and seuoirsly fab – what a great idea. I’ve some friends who have birthdays coming up who’d love this.

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