Post Date: 7th Apr, 2010 - 11:54pm
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One of the best tennis players the world has known has announced that she has breast cancer. She went through an operation and will soon go through radiation. The kind of cancer she has, has a survival rate of 95%.
(CNN) -- Nine-time Wimbledon tennis champion Martina Navratilova said Wednesday she has breast cancer.
Navratilova said she has a noninvasive form of the cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ, that was detected during a mammogram. The cancer was surgically removed in a procedure called a lumpectomy, and Navratilova will undergo radiation treatment, she said.
"I'm very hopeful," the tennis legend said in an interview to air Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."
DCIS, as the cancer is commonly called, has a 95 percent survival rate, Navratilova said. Some medical sources say the survival rate is even higher, approaching nearly 100 percent.
In DCIS, abnormal cells multiply and form a growth within a breast milk duct . The cancer is noninvasive, which means it originally doesn't spread out of the milk duct to other parts of the breast.
It is considered the earliest possible clinical diagnosis of breast cancer. If left untreated, about 30 percent of women with DCIS will develop invasive breast cancer an average of 10 years from the initial occurrence, the Breast Cancer Network of Strength says on its Web site....