Singer, Sheryl Crow has a brain tumor and according to her doctors, about half of us could be walking around with one too and not know it.
Did that wake you up?
Don’t be alarmed.
Crow, best known for songs like “All I Wanna Do” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, announced on Monday that she’s been diagnosed with a form of a brain tumor, called Meningioma. It’s a benign tumor that grows along the brain lining or under the cranium. Not that it means anything to us who don’t want to take a crash course in physiology but, suffice it to say that it’s not actually growing on the brain itself.
Having had some memory lapses and even forgetting lyrics to her own songs on occasion, Crow had been seeking out medical help when they discovered the tumor through an MRI.
When she spoke of it to media, she simply stated, “See..I knew there was something wrong,” in a lighthearted fashion.
Her doctor and representatives have stated that no surgery is needed at this time, only “watchful waiting” and Crow has elected to forego the surgery and go in for regular scans to keep an eye on it.
Most of us think of the words “brain tumor” with a catch in our breaths and have some sort of image of bald heads and death but apparently, these types of tumors are quite common and are usually only diagnosed should we happen to have cause to have an MRI or CT scan for some other reason.
Crow had dealt with breast cancer in 2006 which doctors associate with an increased risk for these types of these benign tumors but, no one really knows the true cause for them growing.
Meningiomas are more common in women than men by a slight difference and therefore, its cause is hypothesized to be linked with hormonal influences. There has also been some speculation that radiation to the head area such as dental x-rays may also play a part. However, it shouldn’t stop people from having their teeth looked after.
Most of these tumors are slow-growing and accidentally diagnosed during scans for other causes in people between the ages of 40 to 70. About 20,000 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year but, only by chance.
Hundreds of thousands of people could be walking around with them and not know it unless there’s reason for a head or brain scan, Dr. David Schiff, a neuro-oncology researcher at the University of Virginia has said, with the most common time for them being found is during autopsy.
Fear not though because if found and symptomatic, they are said to be easily treatable with either surgery or a high dose radiation hits.
So, the next time that you forget something or finding your memory failing you, say in your best Arnold Schwarzenegger (from Kindergarten Cop) imitation voice, “It may be a toohmah“.
You may be half right!