Musicians and Breast Cancer

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Musician and musicologist Sarah Schmalenberger has launched a national study, the Life and Livelihood Study, examing women musicians who've had breast cancer.

"...the experience of musicians who are breast cancer survivors may reveal patterns of changes in their artistic or expressive capacity. Data from this study will contribute to research on breast cancer survivorship, as well as to research in music that seeks to understand and support the musician survivor in their work."  - from

The news comes soon after the announcement that Bif Naked has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The rocker, born Beth Torbert, lived in The Pas and Winnipeg before heading west and making her mark on the international music industry with hits like "Nothing Else Matters" and "Lucky." The 36-year-old Torbert will undergo a lumpectomy this week to be followed by chemotherapy.

Read more about the Life and Livelihood Study from the Music Industry News Network.


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