Sheryl Crow: Cell Phone Use May Have Caused My Brain Tumor

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The benign brain tumor that Sheryl Crow discovered earlier this year may be the effect of modern — but not too modern — technology. She thinks it may have been caused by too much time on her old cell phone.

“There are no doctors that will confirm that,” Crow, 50, told Katie Couric Monday during the premiere of her talk show “Katie.”

The singer-songwriter opened up to Couric about her startling diagnosis, and said that she believes using cell phones may have resulted in the tumor.

“[But] I do have the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones,” Crow said, according to People magazine.

Crow said that the tumor is located in the part of her brain nearest where she used to hold her old mobile phone.

Crow, 50, said that she first noticed some issues with her memory late last year, and decided to get an MRI to find out what was wrong. She said started to suspect something was wrong when she began spacing out on stage, forgetting lyrics and generally feeling “mushy.”

“I [was] worried I had an early [onset] Alzheimer’s,” she confessed, adding that friends told her the memory lapses might have just been a byproduct of having two young sons.

“I’m 50, what can I say?” she told People earlier this year when she forgot the words to song “Soak Up the Sun” while performing in Florida. “My brain’s gone to [expletive].”

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