Martina Navratilova, tennis legend, diagnosed with throat, breast cancer

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer, she announced on Monday. The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion was tested after noticing a lump on her body in November and both cancers were caught at an early stage.

“Both problems are serious, but they can be fixed, and I hope for a favorable outcome,” she said in a statement. “It’s going to hurt for a while, but I will fight with everything I can.” I have.”

Navratilova noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA Finals in November. During the test, a lump was also found in her breast. She was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy along with radiation treatment.

She had been cancer free since then.

According to WTA, she cried for “about 15 seconds” when she was diagnosed in 2010, then asked her doctor, “Okay, what do we do? What’s next?”

She used that difficult experience to have more conversations about cancer.

“I didn’t talk much about breast cancer before I had it,” Navratilova told People Magazine in 2010. “Now, women come up to me and we share our stories. It’s encouraging to have see that there is life after cancer.”

Her tennis career was quite impressive. She won a total of 59 major titles including 18 major singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles and 10 major mixed doubles titles. Navratilova had recorded 1,438 singles match wins and had spent 331 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings when she retired after the 1994 season at the age of 38. She continued her doubles career into her 40s.

Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000 and remains involved in tennis as a TV analyst. She originally planned to cover the upcoming Australian Open from the Tennis Channel studio, but now hopes to host some Zoom shows in the near future.

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