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Tennis icon Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.
The record nine-time Wimbledon winner has revealed that she was diagnosed with the illnesses after discovering a swollen lymph node in her neck in November. In a statement, the 66-year-old explained: "This double whammy is serious but still fixable. I'm hoping for a favourable outcome. It's going to stink for a while but I'll fight with all I have got."
Navratilova was previously given the all-clear from breast cancer in 2012 following successful radiation treatment.
As a result of her diagnosis, the Czech-born American will not be travelling to Melbourne to cover the Australian Open as a pundit this month.
However, a statement from her representatives has described the prognosis as "good". "Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer," reads the statement. "The prognosis is good and Martina will start her treatment this month.
"The cancer type is HPV and this particular type responds really well to treatment. Martina noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA finals in Fort Worth. When it didn't go down, a biopsy was performed, the results came back as stage one throat cancer.
"At the same time as Martina was undergoing the tests for the throat, a suspicious form was found in her breast, which was subsequently diagnosed as cancer, completely unrelated to the throat cancer.
"Both these cancers are in their early stages with great outcomes. Martina won't be covering the Australian Open for Tennis Channel from their studio but hopes to be able to join in from time to time by Zoom."
During her career, Navratilova won a combined 59 Grand Slam titles, the most during the Open Era. Those wins include 18 singles titles, 31 women's doubles titles and 10 mixed doubles titles.
The former world number one retired from tennis in 2006 just weeks before her 50th birthday and has since established herself as one of the sport's leading pundits, becoming a regular fixture of the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon and other events.
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