Sheryl Crow Has Breast Cancer Surgery

Sheryl Crow had surgery for breast cancer last week but apparently caught the disease in time.

Even as pop star Kylie Minogue recovers from breast cancer, pop and country singer Sheryl Crow, who recently broke her engagement with Tour de France winner cyclist Lance Armstrong, has been diagnosed with the malignant disease.

A statement posted on the singer’s Web site said that she had undergone surgery for the malignancy on February 22 and would be postponing her North America tour to receive radiation therapy. “I am 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,” Crow said in the statement.

She also urged women to go for regular checkups to ensure early diagnosis and thus, better chances of complete cure. “I am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of family and friends,” added the 44-year-old singer.

The statement added that the surgery was ‘minimally invasive’. “Her doctors think her prognosis is excellent,” said Dave Tomberlin, Crow’s publicist.

Meanwhile, former fiancé Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular and brain cancer to become a seven-time Tour de France winner, said the news was ‘devastating’ to him. “Once again I’m reminded of just how pervasive this illness is, as it has now touched someone I love deeply. Based on my contact in recent days with Sheryl, her doctor and her family, I am confident that she will have a full and complete recovery and the world will be a better place for it,” he said in a statement, urging Crow’s fans to keep her in their ‘thoughts and prayers’.

It’s been a rough few months for Crow.

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  1. That’s good news. Even though I can’t claim to be one of her fans, I’m glad to hear that she’s been given an excellent prognosis and should make a full recovery.