Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest athletes in history, revealed Monday she has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and Stage 1 throat cancer after discovering a enlarged lymph node on her neck, two months ago in November while attending the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Tests were conducted to analyze the lymph node, which was then found to be cancer. While undergoing the examinations for her throat, it was also discovered that an unrelated cancer had returned to her breast. 

The nine-time Wimbledon champion is facing her second bout with breast cancer. Back in 2010, Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent an operation along with radiation treatment to cure it.

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“This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I’m hoping for a favorable outcome,” Navratilova told TENNIS.com in an interview. “It’s going to stink for a while, but I’ll fight with all [I have] got.”

The 18-time Grand Slam winner will begin treatment this month. Both cancers have been discovered in the early stages and are treatable.

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Navratilova dominated Women’s Tennis in 1970s & 80s. She won a combined total of 59 major titles, most by any Women’s Tennis player in the ‘Open Era’. The Czech–American tennis player was ranked world No. 1 in singles for 332 weeks, second only to Steffi Graf. 





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