Chris Evert, Tennis Hall of Famer, Says She Has Ovarian Cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, has an early form of ovarian cancer, she said in an article on ESPN.com on Friday.

The stage 1C cancer was detected after a preventative hysterectomy, and it hasn’t spread anywhere else in her body, according to the story. Ms Evert, 67, who started the first of six rounds of chemotherapy this week, is an analyst for ESPN.

The cancer was removed during the hysterectomy, and there’s a greater than 90 percent chance it won’t come back, according to the story.

“I have lived a very enchanted life,” Ms Evert said in the story. “Now I have challenges ahead of me. But, I take comfort in knowing that the chemotherapy serves to ensure that the cancer does not come back.

A representative for Ms Evert did not immediately respond to an email Friday evening.

Ms. Evert is one of the most famous players in tennis history. She became the first player, male or female, to win 1,000 singles matches and was ranked first or second in the world from 1975 to 1986, according to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Dr Joel Cardenas, Ms Evert’s doctor, said in the story that an early diagnosis is more likely if a patient is currently visiting the doctor, understands her family history and has a good relationship with her gynecologist.

“Women should also be aware of risk factors – endometriosis, history of breast cancer and infertility are some of them,” he said. “The average age of diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 63.”

Genetic testing and counseling is encouraged if a patient has a family history of ovarian cancer, Cardenas said.

Ms Evert’s younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, also a professional tennis player, died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 aged 62. Ovarian cancer can run in families and the risk is increased if a mother, sister or daughter has had the disease. , according to the American Cancer Society.

Ms Dubin was with Ms Evert as the couple rushed through an airport in October 2017 when the older sister noticed Ms Dubin was out of breath, according to the ESPN story. Shortly after, a doctor detected ovarian cancer in Ms. Dubin. It was at an advanced stage and had spread.

“When I go for chemo, she’s my inspiration,” Ms. Evert said. “I will think of her. And she’ll help me out.

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