Tennis great Martina Navratilova shares message following cancer diagnosis

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Tennis great Martina Navratilova shares message following cancer diagnosis

Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova is grateful for all the support she has received. On Monday, Navratilova announced that she has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer. The news quickly spread within the tennis community and many from the tennis world expressed their support to one of the greatest players in tennis history.

"Needless to say my phone and twitter are both blowing up so I will say again- thank you all for your support and I am not done yet," Navratilova tweeted.

In her statement, Navratilova revealed that she caught the disease in the early stages.

Also, Navratilova vowed to fight with everything she has got against this very serious season. "The double whammy is serious, but fixable, and 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 said.

Following the diagnosis, it has also been confirmed that Navratilova won't be at the Australian Open. Since retiring, Navratilova has been working as a tennis analyst and commentator during Grand Slams.

Navratilova is starting her treatment this month

"Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer.

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," a statement read. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Navratilova was diagnosed with cancer as she was also diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago.

“I was so shocked that there was anything going on with my body. But you can be the healthiest person on the planet and still get cancer. You are definitely improving the odds by being healthy, but you’re not totally eliminating the possibility," Navratilova said of her first diagnosis.

Fortunately, Navratilova was able to beat the disease over a decade ago. Now, Navratilova is again fighting the same battle and hoping for the same outcome.

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