Breast Cancer Hits Tennis Great Martina Navratilova

Former world number 1 Martina Navratilova announced that she is being treated for breast cancer Wednesday, April 7.martina-navratilova

She broke the news in an interview with Good Morning America and in People.com. The Czech-American player said that she was surprised about the discovery since she has always been healthy. She however is partly blaming herself because there was a large gap (four years) between her mammogram screenings.

“I let it slip by,” she said. “I was a bad girl.”

Her cancer, which was found at the left breast, is of the type ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS. DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer and is considered to be of stage 0 (zero) or pre-cancer. It is not life-threatening but it has the risk of becoming invasive if not treated properly.

Navratilova, 53, has 167 titles, the all-time record for men or women. She has a career record of 1,442-219 (86.8%) in singles and 747-143 (83.9%) in doubles. She has 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

Billie Jean King, another tennis great, said about Navratilova in 2006 that “She’s the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived.”