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Janice Dickinson attending Luisa Diaz’s Havana White Party at Berri’s Café in Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2014 – Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com. Photo by Toglenn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has two fights she’s battling: One against her alleged rapist, Bill Cosby, and more recently breast cancer.

Months ago, Dickinson went public with her story that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and filed suit against Cosby, claiming he defamed her when he denied her accusations.

Today, the 61-year-old former supermodel told the Daily Mail  she was simply going for a doctor visit with stomach pains but then the doctor found a lump in her right breast.

“I’m always optimistic,” Dickinson said. “Initially when the doctor found the lump, it hurt. It became quite painful when you touch it. That’s the point when I knew this is serious — when the doctor touched this little lump in my right breast, about the size of a pea, and I went, ‘Bingo, I have cancer.’”

Dickinson also told the Daily Mail after having a mammogram and a biopsy, she’s been diagnosed with early stage ductal carcinoma in situ: the most common kind of breast cancer, which is, fortunately, highly treatable.

“It’s still quite shocking. Today I got very scared,” Dickinson told the Daily Mail “I just get very scared, and it hit me. But I am not gonna let that define me, the fear. I’m going to get through this. I’ll be just fine, kiddo.”

The supermodel said she will undergo minor surgery soon followed radiation treatment and a course of medication most likely for rest of her life. Her doctors have, at this point, ruled out a mastectomy.

Fans on Twitter are already rallying behind her with positive messages.



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