Janice Dickinson reveals breast cancer diagnosis
Model and TV host Janice Dickinson revealed that she has breast cancer as she vowed to battle the disease.
"Janice is going to fight and she will not let this diagnosis define her. She wants to encourage all women to have regular check-ups as that is how her cancer was discovered," her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in a statement on Monday.
Dickinson told the Daily Mail that a "pea-size" lump was found on her right breast during a visit to a doctor on March 8.
Three days after the lump was discovered, she had a mammogram and a biopsy. She will undergo surgery and radiation therapy.
"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," she told the newspaper.
"It's still quite shocking. You know, I've had plastic surgery and I've had breast implants and I've always been very vocal of what I've done, because I tell the truth about everything. As I am right now," the 61-year-old said.
Dickinson was a cast member of VH1's The Surreal Life and UPN's America's Next Top Model.
She has sued Bill Cosby for defamation and the comedian's lawyers will argue for the case's dismissal during a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Dickinson has attended recent hearings in the case, which focuses on denials by Cosby's camp of her claims the comedian drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
"Janice and I will be there tomorrow morning to fight for her right to have her day in court against Bill Cosby," Ms Bloom said.