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Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer, what you need to know

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Former tennis champion Martina Navratilova, 53, revealed yesterday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and started receiving treatment.

Navratilova was cited as telling U.S. Magazine People that she had cried after being told she has breast cancer.

Navratilova was surprised because she did not expect she would develop breast cancer. She said she eats a healthy diet and follows a healthy lifestyle.

The Prague-born former champion said she had had mammogram screening until four years ago and when she picked the screening again, she found the cancer.

Martina Navratilova is glad that doctors found her breast cancer early.  It was said that her prognosis is excellent.

Mammogram screening does not cut breast cancer mortality in a population, recent studies found.

On the other hand, radiation per se causes breast cancer.   

John Gofman, a nuclear physicians said in an area where the physician density is high, the breast cancer rate is high suggesting that more physicians lead to more exposure to radiation, which further leads to more cases of breast cancer.

Dr. Gofman said radiation is implicated in 75 percent of breast cancer cases.

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