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Sheryl Crow diagnosed with benign brain tumor

Sheryl Crow at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's

Sheryl Crow at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's "Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif. (April 18, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Sheryl Crow has revealed she has a benign brain tumor, which the singer's representative downplayed as a common type requiring no treatment.

Known as a meningioma -- a tumor in the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain -- it can produce no symptoms and is typically noncancerous.

"Half of us are walking around with [meningiomas], but you don't really know unless you happen to have an MRI," Crow's spokeswoman told E! News. "Crow has no symptoms and everything is fine. It was a random mention . . . not meant to alarm anyone. She is doing great and is healthy and happy."

In an interview on Friday published Tuesday, the nine-time Grammy winner told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit." It was discovered, she said, because "I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor."

Crow went on to explain that a month ago, she forgot part of "Soak Up the Sun" onstage in Florida and told the audience, "I'm 50, what can I say? My brain's gone to ---- ."

In February 2006, three weeks after her breakup with fiance Lance Armstrong, Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent what she called at the time a "minimally invasive" lumpectomy to remove the malignant tumors. She also underwent radiation therapy as a precaution.

Crow, who lives in Nashville with her two sons, told the Review-Journal she is working on an album she hopes to have out by October. She also said she is working with director Barry Levinson on a stage-musical adaptation of his 1982 film "Diner."


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