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Shannen Doherty suing ex-manager over breast cancer

Shannen Doherty has breast cancer and is suing her ex-manager because of it.

"Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment," the 90210 alum told People. "I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me."

The 44-year-old Charmed star went public about the illness after TMZ revealed that she is suing her former business manager because his inaction caused her health insurance to lapse, preventing her from seeking medical care over the course of a year, which gave the undetected cancer time to spread.

According to the suit, Doherty "discovered that she had invasive breast cancer metastatic to at least one lymph node," in March and "was informed that her cancer had spread during 2014 (when she was uninsured)."

Doherty "was also informed that, had she been insured and able to visit her doctor, the cancer could potentially have been stopped, thus obviating the need for future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that [Doherty] will likely have to suffer through now."

Damages include Doherty's inability to work as well as "significant" medical expenses. A rep for her ex-manager told People that Tanner Mainstain "will aggressively defend all of Ms. Doherty's claims in court."