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Colleen Walker battling with cancer

Colleen Walker, who has missed the last three LPGA Tour seasons with a wrist injury, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Walker, whose nine LPGA victories include a major championship at the 1997 du Maurier Classic, is undergoing chemotherapy and hopes to return in 2004.

She planned to play this year until a lump was detected in her left breast during a routine mammogram on Jan. 6. She had a mastectomy Feb. 17, and while subsequent tests showed no signs of cancer, Walker chose to undergo chemotherapy and radiation as a precaution.

"It's been a tough few months, but things are going well for me," said Walker, who is married with a 6-year-old son. "The outlook is very good."

Walker said she wanted to go public with her breast cancer to illustrate how routine mammograms and early detections can save women's lives.

"Thank God I kept my appointment," she said.

Walker, 46, joined the LPGA Tour in 1982 and won for the first time in 1987. She has finished in the top 10 on the money list four times, most recently in 1997 when she won the du Maurier Classic by closing with a 65.

She hit a tree root at the 2000 Longs Drugs Challenge and has missed the last three years, although she did win a Women's Senior Golf Tour event in 2001.


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