Tennis Legend Announces Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

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Tennis Legend Chris Evert has revealed she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The 18 Grand Slam winner took to Twitter to share the news, revealing she feels “lucky that they caught it early.”


“I wanted to share my stage 1 ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others,” Evert told fans. “I feel very lucky that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan. Thanks to Chris McKendry for her friendship and co-writing this very personal story with me. And thanks to all of you for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan.”

Evert also shared a link to the full story of her cancer journey with ESPN, where she shared genetic testing she underwent in October revealed she was at increased risk for ovarian cancer and she had a preventative hysterectomy. Evert told ESPN that after surgery a pathology report showed a malignant tumor in her fallopian tube.

“I’ve lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” Evert said. “But, I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back … As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I’ll respond to chemotherapy. I have to give in to something higher.”