By Danielle Rossingh April 7 (Bloomberg) -- Martina Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion and former top-ranked tennis player, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will start radiation treatment next month, she told People.com.

“I cried,” People.com cited the 53-year-old American as saying after finding out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in February. A routine mammogram had revealed a cluster in her left breast.

“I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it’s completely out of your hands,” Navratilova said.

Navratilova, the winner of 18 singles and 41 doubles Grand Slam titles, has a non-invasive form of breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

“The prognosis of someone with DCIS is excellent,” People cited Dr. Shelley Hwang, a breast surgeon at the University of California San Francisco, as saying. “There’s only a one percent change of anyone with this diagnosis would die of breast cancer.”



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