SHERYL CROW’S SURVIVAL STORY

One of music’s strongest voices is also a leading advocate in the war against breast cancer. Sheryl Crow will join us to share her personal story of survival.

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Aired on October 16, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METRO FOCUS.'

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

AND HERE'S A FANTASTIC STATISTIC.

DID YOU KNOW THAT IF BREAST CANCER IS CAUGHT EARLY, THE FIVE YEAR SURVIVAL RATE IS ALMOST 100%. BUN OF THE SURVIVORS IS GRAMMY AWARD WINNING MUSICIAN SHERYL CROW W NO SIGNIFICANT RISK FACTORS, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED AT JUST 44 YEARS OLD.

CHERYL JOINS US NOW FROM NASHVILLE ALONG WITH OB/GYN AND WOMEN'S HEALTH EXPERT JESSICA SHEPARD.

GOOD MORNING.

SO, CHERYL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU AND ASK, GIVEN THAT YOU HAD NO TRADITIONAL RED FLAGS IN REGARDS TO BREAST CANCER, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE WHEN YOU FIRST GOT THE DIAGNOSIS CONFIRMED?

OH, MY GOODNESS.

I WAS IN SHOCK.

YOU KNOW, I THINK FOR SOMEONE WHO IS VERY HEALTHY.

AND TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, HAS NO FAMILY HISTORY AND WAS DILIGENT ABOUT GETTING MAMMOGRAPHY EXAMS, IT WAS JUST A VERY EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE AND EVERYTHING NORMAL CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT.

I AM NOW 13 YEARS OUT.

I HAVE ENJOYED THE DUBIOUS HONOR OF BEING KIND OF THE POSTER CHILD FOR EARLY DETECTION.

AND I CELEBRATE THAT AND EMBRACE THAT.

BECAUSE MY STORY IS THE STORY OF CURE.

AND UNTIL THERE IS A CURE FOR BREAST CANCER, EARLY DETECTION IS OUR GREATEST WEAPON.

SO I LIKE TO UTILIZE MY PROFILE REALLY TO TALK TO THE WOMEN WHO FOLLOW ME, WHO HAVE BEEN FANS FOR YEARS AND THEY'RE NOW MOTHER ANDS DAUGHTERS AND GRANDMOTHERS AND REALLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH AND BE DILIGENT AT THE AGE OF 40 OF GETTING THEIR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM.

DR. SHEPARD, I WANT TO TURN TO YOU NOW AND ASK, BECAUSE THERE'S ALSO A TROUBLING STATISTIC THAT GOES ALONG WITH BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.

THAT IS WOMEN OF COLOR ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE, NOT MORE LIKELY TO GET BUT TO DIE FROM THE DISEASE.

WHY IS THAT?

YEAH.

THE SO THERE IS MULTIPLE REASONS WHY THAT CAN HAPPEN.

I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP.

FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, ACTUALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTIC OF BREAST CANCER, THERE ARE MORE CAUCASIAN WOMEN DIAGNOSED.

BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT TRIPLE NEGATIVE CANCER, THERE ARE MORE BLACK WOMEN DIAGNOSED WITH TRIPLE NEGATIVE CANCER WHICH, ONE, IS HARDER TO TREAT.

BUT WHAT GOES INTO THAT IS THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STATISTICS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, THEY ARE USUALLY DIAGNOSED LATER ON.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, SHERYL CROW WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLY DETECTION.

THAT TRANSCENDS IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY BECAUSE EARLY DETECTION IS KEY BECAUSE MOST TIMES THEY'LL BE DIAGNOSED LATER ON.

AND WITH TRIPLE WILL NEGATIVE CANCER WHICH IS HARDER TO TREAT.

AND SO I HOPE THAT MESSAGE RESONATES TODAY FOR ANYONE WHO IS LISTENING.

NOW, OF COURSE, SO MANY WOMEN ARE TAUGHT TO DO SELF-BREAST EXAMS IN THE SHOWER, ET CETERA.

BUT THIS IS GOING A STEP FURTHER IN MAKING SURE YOU GET THAT MAMMOGRAM.

WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP, SEF SPECIFICALLY FOR WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO HAVE THAT SPECIALTY DOCTOR OR TO BE ABLE TO GO.

WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS THEY SHOULD BE TAKING?

WHEN WE LOOK AT MEDICAID AND MEDICARE, ANNUAL WELL WOMAN VISITS AT 40, A MAMMOGRAM FALLS INTO THAT BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND SHOULD BE COVERED BY THOSE TYPES OF INSURANCES.

FOR WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE, THERE ARE A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEVOTE THEIR RESOURCES TO GETTING MAMMOGRAMS TO WOMEN WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THAT WHETHER THAT BE THROUGH HOSPITAL PROXIMITY OR AN INSURANCE ISSUE.

SO I DO FEEL THAT WE HAVE -- WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

BUT WE DO HAVE RESOURCES FOR WOMEN THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CARE OR DON'T HAVE INSURANCE.

I WANT TO TURN BACK TO SHERYL CROW AND ASK, YOU SPOKE A LITTLE BIT EARLIER ABOUT HAVING, YOU KNOW, LEAD AGING A VERY HEALTHY LIFE.

THERE ARE ANY STEPS YOU'RE TAKING TO BE CANCER FREE?

WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR BODY IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

YOU HAVE TO EAT HEALTHY.

IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO EXERCISE.

WE KNOW THE BODY CELLULARLY FUNCTIONS AT A HIGHER LEVEL IF WE'RE EXERCISING AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT MY DIAGNOSIS IS THAT 13 YEARS AGO WE DIDN'T HAVE A TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS WE HAVE NOW.

I WAS BASICALLY RELEGATED TO THE 2-D TECHNOLOGY.

AND WAS TOLD TO COME BACK IN SIX MONTHS.

BUT RATHER THAN WAITING THE SIX MONTHS, MY DOCTOR SAID LET'S NOT WAIT SIX MONTHS.

WILL SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN IN SIX MONTHS.

IT COULD -- IF IT IS SOMETHING.

SO ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO ENJOY TODAY IS THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY WITH THIS 3-D TECHNOLOGY WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO SEE INDENTS WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DENSITY IN THE BREAST AND SOMETHING THAT MIGHT TURN OUT TO BE INVASIVE CANCER.

SO DR. SHEPARD AND I ARE REALLY ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO NOT ONLY BE DILIGENT ABOUT GETTING THEIR MAMMOGRAM BUT ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR GO TO GENIUS 3-D NEAR ME ON LINE AND LOOK AT THE WEBSITE AND FIND OUT WHERE THE CLOSEST GENIUS 3-D EXAM IS.

WE'RE SEEING FAR LESS FALSE POSITIVES AND A BETTER RATE OF EARLY DETECTION WITH 3-D THAN WE DID WITH 2-D.

ALL RIGHT, LADIES.

SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME HERE.

I WANT TO ASK ONE VERY QUICK QUESTION.

IF YOU BOTH HAD A GIRLFRIEND THAT GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT BACK, WHAT YOU WOULD TELL HER?

I WOULD TELL HER I APPLAUD HER FOR GETTING THE TESTING SHE NEEDS TO HAVE THE DIAGNOSIS.

NOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AND FIND TREATMENT FOR HER.

WHEN YOU'RE DIAGNOSED, YOU'RE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS DIAGNOSED.

THOSE PEOPLE AROUND YOU THAT LOVE YOU WHETHER THEY'RE YOUR FRIENDS, CHILDREN, PARENTS, YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER, TO TRY TO JUST KEEP THINGS AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE WHILE YOU'RE GOING THROUGH TREATMENT.

HONOR YOURSELF.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST.

GIVE VOICE TO IT IS YOU NEED OR DON'T NEED.

AND TO JUST KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND SEE HOW AT THE END OF IT HOW YOUR LIFE IS ENHANCED.

DON'T MISS THE BIG LESSONS.

WISE WORDS.

LADIES, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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