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Sheryl Crow reveals benign brain tumor, says she's not worried

June 05, 2012|By Matt Donnelly
  • Sheryl Crow opens up about a benign tumor the singer discovered after a recent MRI.
Sheryl Crow opens up about a benign tumor the singer discovered after a recent… (Matt Sayles / Associated…)

Sheryl Crow says she has a brain tumor — one that was found after she became concerned about her increasingly spotty memory.

Crow's benign meningioma showed up during a screening the breast cancer survivor had done in November on a hunch.

"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor," Crow recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "And I was, like, 'See? I knew there was something wrong.' "

Though frequently referred to as "brain tumors," meningiomas actually form in the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Usually benign, they can press against the brain or spinal cord if they grow.

In May 2011, actress Mary Tyler Moore had a similar tumor removed from the lining of her brain; she'd been monitoring it consistently since learning of it years earlier. Elizabeth Taylor had one removed in 1997.

"I don't have to worry about it," Crow said, even though the situation gives her "a fit" — perhaps due to the aforementioned memory loss. She admitted she'd blanked on the lyrics to her hit "Soak Up the Sun" during a recent performance in Florida.

"Not only could I not remember the first line, I couldn't remember the first line to any of the verses," she told the Review-Journal.

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