Navratilova: I have breast cancer
Published 07/04/2010 | 16:59
Martina Navratilova has announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 53-year-old was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of the disease called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in February.
The nine-time Wimbledon champion admitted she was completely shocked by the diagnosis although the prognosis is positive.
Navratilova told People magazine: "I cried. It knocked me on my *** really.
"I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands."
Dr Mindy Nagle added: "It was the best-case scenario you could imagine for detecting breast cancer" while Dr Shelley Hwang, a breast surgeon at UC San Francisco, said there is only a 1% chance those diagnosed with DCIS will die as a result.