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Cancer forces Crow to cancel
Cancer forces Crow to cancel

LOS ANGELES - Sheryl Crow underwent surgery for breast cancer earlier this week, forcing her to cancel a concert tour that included a March 31 performance at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, her publicist reported Friday.

The singer-songwriter had the surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is recovering without complications, said Dave Tomberlin, her publicist.

"Her doctors think her prognosis is excellent," said Tomberlin.

In a statement posted on her Web site, Crow said she would have to postpone a North American concert tour that was scheduled to begin in March. She said she hoped to reschedule the dates as soon as possible.

"Approximately one in seven American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 2 million Americans are living with breast cancer today," Crow said. "I am joining the more than 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year."

Crow called the surgery "minimally invasive" and said she will be undergoing radiation treatment as a precaution. She said she benefited from early detection, and urged other women to have themselves checked.

"More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer," Crow said. "I am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of family and friends."

Tomberlin said he didn't know when Crow was diagnosed or if she had told her former fiance, cyclist Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer.

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