Tennis legend Chris Evert revealed on Friday that she had been diagnosed with stage 1C ovarian cancer.
Evert, 67, said in a statement that she felt “very lucky” doctors caught the cancer early.
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“I wanted to share my stage 1 ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others. I feel very lucky that they caught it early and are expecting results positives from my chemo plan,” she said. “Thank you to Chris McKendry for his friendship and for co-writing this very personal story with me. And thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and my treatment plan. during ESPN’s Australian Open coverage.”
In a story for ESPN expanding on his diagnosis, Evert said the cancer was discovered following a preventative hysterectomy. The cancer was not detected anywhere else in his body.
“I’ve lived a very enchanted life. Now I have challenges. But I take comfort in knowing that chemotherapy is to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back,” Evert said.
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Evert, who has won 18 Grand Slams and is an analyst for ESPN, was a former WTA No. 1 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.
Her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 at the age of 62.
“Be your own advocate. Know your family history. Have full body awareness, follow your instincts, and be aware of changes,” Evert said. “Don’t try to be a crusader and think it will pass.”
Tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted thoughts of encouragement to Evert.
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“You are one of a kind, and there are so many who love you,” King tweeted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.