Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cancer talk more tiring than surgery: Navratilova

Martina Navratilova. Photo: Getty Images
Martina Navratilova. Photo: Getty Images

Nine-times Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova claims talking about her breast cancer battle has been more exhausting than her surgery.

The 53-year-old was speaking in her first UK TV interview, on ITV1's Loose Women, since she revealed she had been diagnosed.

The 18-time grand slam winner has undergone a lumpectomy and begins a six-week course of radiation therapy next month.

She said: "I'm doing just fine, it's just been difficult because when I decided to go public, I've done a lot of interviews and that's been actually more exhausting than my actual surgery that I had."

Navratilova was diagnosed in February but only went public last week.

"I just wanted to remind women to go and get their mammograms, because without it, by the time it turns into a lump, it's cancer everywhere. And so then the cure is much, much stronger and much more dangerous."

She said the diagnosis date was her "personal 9/11 because I knew my life would never be the same".

Navratilova added: "Because of the mammogram we found it early. And I thought, you know, I let it slip - I didn't have one for over four years, as it turned out, because I just thought ... I'll get to it - and I never got to it.

"It's funny, when we get a notification from our vet that it's time to take our pet for vaccinations, we take them right away right? But when women get, 'It's time for your check-up', we go, 'Oh I'll do it next week.' But soon it's next year ..."

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