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Legendary Gymnast Suffers From One of The Deadliest Cancer Forms

Vera Caslavaska/Youtube Last month, legendary Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska (73) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadlie...

Vera Caslavaska/Youtube
Last month, legendary Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska (73) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer forms. She had a surgery last month where she removed the tumor.

"I am grateful to everyone, mainly my children Martin and Radka, for their support. In my life, I had to face an unfavourable lot repeatedly. I am ready to stand up to it again. It will be far from easy but I am determined to fight, as I learned to fight as an athlete," Caslavska said, quoted by COV.

Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and complete surgical removal isn't possible.

Caslavska is the winner of eleven Olympic medals, ten World medals and thirteen European medals. Beside her achievements, Vera was famous for her brave demonstration. At 1968 Olympic Games, she quietly turned her head down and away during the playing of the Soviet national anthem at the medal ceremony protesting the invasion of her home country by the Soviet Union.

Written By Gigi Farid

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