Sad news in the tennis world this morning, Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 53-year-old tennis legend told People.com magazine that she “cried” when the biopsy came back positive follow a routine mammogram on February 24. She was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
“It knocked me on my ass, really,” she said to People.com. “I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it’s completely out of my hands.”
She said she went four years without a mammogram, but caught the cancer early enough and it has a “very small chance of coming back.”
“The prognosis of someone with DCIS is excellent,” Dr. Shelley Hwang, a breast surgeon at UC San Francisco, told People.com. “There’s only a one-percent chance of anyone with this diagnosis would die of breast cancer.”
Navratilova will begin a six-week radiation treatment therapy in Paris in May during the French Open.
She went on on Good Morning America today to talk about it with Robin Roberts.
We wish her the best for a speedy recovery.
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