Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at an early stage.
Evert, 67, revealed the illness in a story posted to ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN.
She learned about the cancer last month and started chemotherapy treatments this week.
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“I’ve lived a very enchanted life. Now I have challenges ahead of me,” Evert said.
“But I take comfort in knowing that the chemotherapy is there to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”
Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.
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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 the changes,” Evert said in the ESPN story.
“Don’t try to be a crusader and think it will pass.”
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