Janice Dickinson has breast cancer: 'I'm going to get through this'

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Janice Dickinson Emotionally Reveals She Has Breast Cancer: 'I'm Going to Get Through This'

Janice Dickinson has been diagnosed with breast cancer, ET confirms.

The 61-year-old supermodel says she learned of her prognosis two weeks ago after she underwent an urgent mammogram and biopsy. "It's hard for me to say this, but I have been diagnosed with breast cancer," she tells the Daily Mail. "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."

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Dickinson says upon learning of her diagnosis, she retreated to a "world of fantasy."

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Portrait de Janice Dickinson, actrice, circa 1970, en France . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Portrait of American model Janice Dickinson during a photo shoot in the Hamptons, Amagansett, New York, October 1978. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 8: Model Janice Dickinson attends Self Magazine's 'Self Day' kick-off party at the Peninsula Hotel April 8, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Janice Dickinson at the Avalon in Hollywood, California (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson at the HBO Films Pre Golden Globes Party Inside Coverage at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2004 - Diane Von Furstenberg - Front Row at DVF Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson and daughter Savvy (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage for Scleroderma Research Foundation)
Janice Dickinson wearing Lloyd Klein Fall Fashion 2004 (Photo by Arun Nevader/FilmMagic)
Guest, Jon Lovitz and Janice Dickinson during Mercedes-Benz Fall 2004 Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Sue Wong - Frontrow and Backstage at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson during Janice Dickinson Launches her New Book, 'Everything About Me is Fake.. And I'm Perfect' at Splash Bar in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson during Janice Dickinson Launches her New Book, 'Everything About Me is Fake.. And I'm Perfect' at Splash Bar in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson during 10th Annual Michael Awards at Capitale in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson at the Shutters in Santa Monica, California (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson during Mercedes-Benz Fall 2005 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Sheri Bodell - Front Row at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Arun Nevader/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson during US Weekly & Jessica Simpson Celebrate The Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards at Element Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 17: Presenter and model/television personality Janice Dickinson arrives at the Outfest 2005 Awards Night on July 17, 2005 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Janice Dickinson during Celebrity Catwalk for Charity - Show at Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson, Kelly Osbourne, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, and Nicole Richie (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson models during the 'Fashion For Relief' charity runway event in Bryant Park, New York City on September 16, 2005. The celebrity fashion show closed out Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2006 and raised money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson backstage at Meghan Spring 2006, hosted by Avo Yermagyan of Gaudy PR (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson wearing Meghan Spring 2006 during Mercedes-Benz Spring 2006 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Meghan - Runway at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 24: 'The Girl Who Kissed A Male Model' - Supermodel Janice Dickinson along with Cycle 5 competitor Lisa D'Amato (white hat) give the girls modeling tips in AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN. Photo: Bill Inoshita/UPN. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Janice Dickinson poses at a party to celebrate the release of Iman's new book, 'The Beauty of Color', hosted by Eva Mendes at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 10, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Model Janice Dickinson and her daughter Savannah arrive to America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 Finale Event held at the The Avalon on December 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGE HAS BEEN MANIPULATED IN PHOTOSHOP) ***EXCLUSIVE*** Self proclaimed 'World's First Super Model' Janice Dickinson hosts client castings in her brand new modeling agency at Hollywood and Highland on April 18, 2006 in Hollywood, California. Dickinson's every move from model to mogul is documented for a series to premiere on the Oxygen Network June 2006. (Photo by Mark Mainz/ Getty Images for Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Self-proclaimed 'World's First Super Model' Janice Dickinson hosts the 'Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Red Ribbon Event' at Hollywood and Highland on April 19, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Janice Dickinson (Photo by Shane Gritzinger/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Model Janice Dickinson arrives at the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Premiere Party at the Highlands in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 2006 (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Janice Dickinson and guest during 'Employee of the Month' Premiere - Arrivals at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Janice Dickinson during 2007 Silver Spoon Golden Globes Suite - Day 2 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
Janice Dickinson during Janice Dickinson Appearance at FremantleMedia Booth at NATPE - January 16, 2007 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Joe Coomber/FilmMagic)
Janice Dickinson front row at 2(x)ist Fall 2007 during Mercedes-Benz Fall 2007 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - 2(x)ist - Backstage and Front Row at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by M. Tran/FilmMagic)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 19: Model/TV personality Janice Dickinson attends the premiere of Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' held at Disneyland on May 19, 2007 in Anaheim, California. Proceeds from the world premiere of Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Make-A-Wish International. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 02: TV personality Janice Dickinson arrives at the 2007 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at Boulevard 3 on October 2, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Janice Dickinson on October 25, 2007 shopping on Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Wolf/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 10: Model/actress Janice Dickinson attends the Kari Feinstein Winter Style Lounge at Social Hollywood on January 10, 2008 in Hollywood, Califonia. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Model Janice Dickinson poses at the Grand Opening of Hadaka Sushi Restaurant on February 12, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: Janice Dickinson hosts a model walk-off competition at the NBC Experience Store on August 25, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
April 1, 2009 Los Angeles, Ca.; Janice Dickinson; 'Valentino: The Last Emperor' West Coast Premiere; Held at LACMA (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (L) and television personality Janice Dickinson attend a press conference for 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!' at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 14: Janice Dickinson sighting at NOBU restaurant on May 14, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Janice Dickinson kisses a young man outside a restaurant on December 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mr. Nunez/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 16: Janice Dickinson attends Private Brit Awards Screening Party and Auction For Haiti at Altitude on February 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Model Janice Dickinson arrives at the 6th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 04: Janice Dickinson attends Kari Feinstein MTV Movie Awards Style Lounge - Day 2 at Montage Beverly Hills on June 4, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 29: Janice Dickinson arrives at the 18th Annual Race To Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 29, 2011 in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Model/TV personality Janice Dickinson arrives at Nancy's Tree Garden Party fundraiser benefiting Los Angeles area locals Nancy and Jay Westbrook at Miauhaus Studios on April 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Janice Dickinson attends the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Janice Dickinson attends Majorie's Bazaar Presents 'Empowering Women In The Arts' at the Eco Emmys on September 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Model Janice Dickinson arrives at the Equality Now 'Make Equality Reality' event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 23: TV Personality Janice Dickinson attends the Life & Style Weekly's 10th anniversary party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on October 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 26: Janice Dickinson grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and is seen on December 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nick Smith/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Janice Dickinson attends Smashbox Studios Celebrates Grand Re-Opening at Smashbox Studios on February 5, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Smashbox Studios)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Model Janice Dickinson attends the Walter Mendez store grand opening on June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: TV Personality Janice Dickinson attends the 'Lord Of The Freaks' premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Janice Dickinson attends Danse Avec Clairobscur at Aventine Hollywood on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
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"I kept saying to myself, 'you're just processing this,'" she recalls. "You can't be brave and fierce and all the things that people know you from -- reality television, from the fashion industry, from being the world's first supermodel, from being a judge, from being a writer, a photographer, from being an AIDS activist."

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While Dickinson admits that she "got very scared" upon hearing she had breast cancer, the former America's Next Top Model judge says she plans to fight this and "stick around for a long, long time."

"I am not gonna let that define me, the fear," she insists. "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."

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