Tennis legend Martina Navratilova announced today she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the Czech-American tennis player said she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) -- the earliest form of breast cancer -- in February. Navratilova has been told that she has an excellent prognosis with none of the cancer spreading to lymph nodes. Doctors have said there is a very small chance of the cancer recurring.
Despite describing the day she found out about the cancer as her “personal 9/11,” Navratilova remained strong as she detailed the experience.
“It is just in that one breast…I'm OK and I'll make a full recovery."
Navratilova meeting the cancer head-on with courage and bravery comes as no surprise to her fans. The hall of famer first left the game in 1994 after winning 167 singles titles. In 2006, she capped off her career by winning the mixed doubles championship at the U.S. Open for her 59th Grand Slam title. From 1982 to 1987, Navratilova captured six straight Wimbledon titles.
Said tennis legend Billie Jean King about Navratilova: “She's the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived.”
Tennis magazine selected Navratilova the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005.
Navratilova said she will undergo six weeks of radiation beginning in May.