Sheryl Crow's interesting theory about why her cancer was in her left breast

Aug 8, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. ET
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Sheryl Crow's life changed forever 10 years ago, when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

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Crow told the crowd at the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us conference in Los Angeles on Friday that she was "very healthy" before her diagnosis. "In fact, I was probably the picture of great health. Riding my bicycle through the Alps in France." She also "ate pretty well, but wasn't eating for wellness."

She was also putting everyone else before herself and believes that could have influenced her cancer. Crow recalled how her radiologist asked which breast had the cancer — it was her left — and said that women carry it in the left breast because they are putting others' needs before their own.

“I’m not perfect at this, but I do believe that with the amount of stress that we live with now, which is largely imposed by allowing it in, that we have to hold all of that somewhere in ourselves,” said Crow. "The right side is your male and your left side is your female," she added, referring to her breasts. "We really have to learn to be strong and feminine and put on your oxygen mask before anyone else's."

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Crow has that aspect covered. She changed her diet and now only eats foods that are in season and organic, whenever possible.

The 54-year-old singer is also doing her part to help other women by promoting Genius 3D Mammography Exams, new technology that helps doctors detect cancer earlier than ever before.

“I make time for breast cancer events because breast cancer was a monumental moment in my life, but in this particular instance, I’m working with the Genius 3D check technology and I’m just really honored to be aligned with it. I’m excited and I’m also in awe with what’s happening in technology and the advancements that are being made in breast cancer," she said.

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