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VIDEO: Martina Navratilova Calls Breast Cancer Diagnosis Her "Personal 9/11"

Apr. 7 2010, Published 10:10 a.m. ET

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Tennis icon Martina Navratilova told Good Morning America Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and has all the details of the champ’s self-described "personal 9/11."

"I was devastated," she said of the day this past February she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the deadly disease in its’ earliest stages. She said that after a lumpectomy that month, doctors said that it hadn't spread to her lymph nodes, and that there's a "very small chance of it coming back.

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"It is just in that one breast -- I'm okay and I'll make a full recovery," Navratilova said, adding that she will begin a six-week radiation regimen starting next month.

Navratilova will continue working, as she has signed on to be a Tennis Channel commentator during May's French Open.

"The reason I wanted to speak about this is to encourage these woman to have mammograms," she said. "I just want to encourage women to have that yearly check-up."

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