Janice Dickinson has breast cancer

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Janice Dickinson is battling breast cancer, FOX411 has confirmed.

The model hopes to spread the word about the importance of breast cancer screenings.

“All women need to address the possibility and have regular checkups,” she stated via email. “My loving children and fiancé Rocky are by my side and I feel very blessed.”

Dickinson confirmed the news of her illness after a report revealed she discovered her cancer after visiting a doctor for a stomach issue.

Her manager told to us, "Janice is going to fight and she will not let this diagnosis define her. She wants to encourage all women to have regular checkups, as that is how her cancer was discovered."

Dickinson, 61, began her career as a successful model in the '70s and had a second run in the limelight in the early 2000s as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model.”

More recently, she’s made headlines for claiming Bill Cosby raped her. She sued the comedian for defamation. She has a court appearance related to her defamation suit scheduled for tomorrow. 

"Janice and I will be there tomorrow morning to fight for her right to have her day in court against Bill Cosby," her manager said. 

Fox News' Diana Falzone contributed to this report.