Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert has shared some great news as he is cancer free. 12 months ago, Evert announced that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Today, Evert, one of the best players in the history of tennis, announced through a publication for ESPN that she is cancer free.
I want to share this with all of you. It’s been quite a year and I feel so grateful! ðŸ™ â ¤ï¸ —Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) January 17, 2023
In February 2020, Evert sadly lost her Jeanne battle with ovarian cancer.
In his post to ESPN, Evert wrote: «Jeanne was not BRCA positive, but genetic testing revealed she had a BRCA-1 variant that was of «uncertain significance.» Last November, the Evert family was notified that the BRCA variant -1 from Jeanne “was clearly pathogenic.” At the time, Evert did not notice any health problems, but still decided to undergo preventive tests.
«My doctors and I were stunned to discover that I had malignant cells and a tumor in my left fallopian tube,» Evert wrote for ESPN.
Evert: Now I’m cancer free
If Evert’s cancer hadn’t been diagnosed for three to four more months, it likely would have progressed to Stage 3.
Fortunately, Evert caught the cancer early and was able to beat the disease. «My doctor said that if it hadn’t been discovered, in four months I probably would have been Stage 3 like Jeanne, with very few options. Instead, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer and immediately started six rounds of chemotherapy.
Today I am cancer free and there is a 90% chance that ovarian cancer will never come back,» Evert wrote for ESPN. Evert, 68, also recognized the importance of preventive testing. «When it comes to deciding between surveillance or surgery, the choice of each one is personal.
The most important thing is not to leave things to chance. Of the 25 million women and men worldwide who have a BRCA mutation, only 10% know they are a carrier. When I talk to people about genetic testing, a lot of people say, ‘That’s too scary to know.’ I’m here to tell you it’s scarier not to,» Evert said.