Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has announced that she is now battling cancer after a lump the size of a pea was detected in her right breast. Dickinson had a mammogram and a biopsy, which found she has early-stage ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a common form of breast cancer that originates in the milk ducts but has not spread. This particular form of cancer is not considered to be life-threatening, and is usually treated with a lumpectomy and radiation, and is not considered life-threatening.
“When the doctor touched it was quite painful, and I went bingo, I have cancer,” she told the Daily Mail. She also related how she “retreated into a fantasy world” upon hearing her diagnosis, before coming to the realization that she is “not going to let her fear define her.”
“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,” she continued.
Born February 15, 1955, Janice Doreen Dickinson was one of the most successful models throughout the 1970s and 1980s, later expanding her profession to reality television in 2003 by judging for four cycles on America’s Next Top Model. She subsequently opened her own modeling agency in 2005, which was documented in the reality-television series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (2006–08).
She is also a photographer and author, and in her books has not been shy about discussing her numerous sexual relationships with male and female celebrities, as well as the physical and emotional abuse she suffered as a child and teenager. In fact, during an episode of the reality show “The Surreal Life,” Dickinson revealed that her father was a pedophile who also beat her daily.
In addition to her new battle with cancer, Dickinson has been engaged in a battle against comedian Bill Cosby, who she told “Entertainment Today” during an interview in November 2014, had drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982.. She said that she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and her lawyers to remove the details. Since then she has become the most “visible” among the many women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of committing sexual harassment and rape years before in multiple separate incidents.
Note: Beginning next Wednesday (April 6), “The Doctors” will be following Dickinson’s journey through all her treatments and procedures.