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March 11, 2024
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SZA on The Grammys, Assessing Her Breast Cancer Risk, & Not Being a Nice Girl

In this episode, the groundbreaking four-time Grammy award-winning musical artist, SZA, sits down for a rare interview with S.H.E. MD. We dive into a variety of topics, from SZA’s career and creative process to the heartbreak that inspires her music.

SZA confesses that she often texts Dr. A at all hours for any and all ailments, before getting real about her family history and lifetime breast cancer risk. Dr. A offers insight into assessing your own breast cancer risk and the importance of early screenings.SZA goes on to dish about awards season, comparing the flawless Oscars to the more laid-back Grammys. She doesn’t shy away from investigating her personal challenges and triumphs.

SZA gets introspective, opening up about her path to self-acceptance and sharing the ways she’s learned to integrate the necessary strength and protective edge that makes her, “not a nice girl.”

About the Guest

SZA, born Solána Imani Rowe, is a groundbreaking four-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter known for her distinctive genre-blending music. Named Variety’s 2023 Hitmaker of the Year and Billboard’s 2023 Woman of the Year, SZA has gained a reputation as an A-list hitmaker. She rose to prominence with her debut studio album "Ctrl" in 2017, which received widespread critical acclaim and earned her multiple Grammy nominations. In February 2024, SZA took home three Grammys for her new album “SOS,” including awards for Best R&B Song, Best Progressive R&B Album, and Best Pop Duo. With her soulful vocals and introspective lyrics, SZA has captivated audiences worldwide, becoming a leading figure in contemporary music. She continues to push boundaries and inspire fans with her innovative music and fearless authenticity.

She MD Action Plan and Resources

  1. Common Misconception: Contrary to popular belief, more than 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease and only 5 percent have a genetic mutation predisposing them to breast cancer.
  2. Empower Yourself: Every woman should know her lifetime risk of breast cancer. Subscribe to our mailing list and be the first to use our easy to use risk calculator and take charge of your health.
  3. Early Detection for Women at Higher Risk: For women with a lifetime risk of 20% or more, starting comprehensive breast imaging at age 30, including an annual 3D mammogram, bilateral breast ultrasound, and MRI, can enhance early detection and improve outcomes.
  4. Family History Matters: If there's a family history of cancer, consider discussing genetic testing with your doctor. It's often covered by insurance and provides valuable insights into potential risks.
  5. Dense Breasts Awareness: Approximately 50% of women have dense breasts, a factor that can make mammograms less effective. If you fall into this category, ask your doctor to add ultrasounds as well as mammograms to your screening routine for a more comprehensive assessment.

Take the SHE MD Breast Cancer Risk Calculator