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Walker Has Brush With Breast Cancer

Colleen Walker, a member of the LPGA Tour since 1982 and a nine-time LPGA tournament winner, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Walker, who missed the 2000-02 seasons due to a wrist injury, was expecting to return to the tour this year before a lump was detected during a routine mammogram on Jan. 6. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and anticipates a full recovery and a return to competitive golf in 2004.
Its been a tough few months, but things are going well for me, she said. The outlook is very good. I waited a few months to make this public, but I feel like its really important to tell this story, as it shows how routine mammograms and early detection can save womens lives. Thank God I kept my appointment.
Following the initial detection on Jan. 6, tests confirmed the lump was malignant and Walker underwent a left breast mastectomy on Feb. 17. Subsequent tests showed no signs of further cancer, but Walker opted to undergo six sessions of chemotherapy, followed by radiation, as a precautionary measure. Through her treatment, which she expects to complete by the fall, Walker says she has an 80-85 percent chance of eradicating the disease completely.