Former supermodel and ‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge Janice Dickinson announced that she has breast cancer at the age of 61. Janice is hopeful and staying strong about her terrifying diagnosis
Janice Dickinson, 61, revealed in a shocking interview with Daily Mail on March 28 that she has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer! The cancer was found during a routine breast exam on March 12, and presented itself as a “pea-sized” lump in her right breast.
The former America’s Next Top Model judge revealed that she then underwent a mammogram and biopsy, and was diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer in “stage zero,” called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). The cancer originates in the milk ducts. But she’s staying strong throughout this tragic ordeal. Doctors have already ruled out the need for a mastectomy.
Janice still has a lengthy health journey ahead of her to beat the disease, however. Janice is currently visiting UCLA hospital”almost daily for a battery of tests, including blood tests, specialized mammograms and an electrocardiogram, which checks for heart problems. She’ll also have to undergo radiation to eradicate the cancer. Additionally, she’ll have a one inch piece of tissue around the lump removed.
Poor thing! This has to be incredibly hard! Luckily, the cancer is in the earliest stage possible, and has very high survival rates. One in five women diagnosed with breast cancer have this type, DCIS. While Janice’s keeping a brave face, she’s understandably still terrified about the diagnosis. Rightfully so; her mother died of breast cancer! She’s trying her best not to let it get to her.
“I am not gonna let that define me, the fear,” she told Daily Mail. “I’m going to get through this, I’ll be just fine kiddo. I had to find the courage I possess as a woman, that we all have as women and then I had to put my chin up and my shoulders back and take it moment by moment.”
“Don’t feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party, I’m Janice Dickinson and I’m gonna stick around for a long, long time, you ain’t getting rid of me yet.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts and love are with Janice during this difficult time!