The 18-time grand slam single-tournament winner revealed that the diagnosis was made in early December after a preventive hysterectomy after she was informed she was at risk of cancer.
Evert, who had her first of six rounds of chemotherapy this month, said she feels incredibly happy that the cancer was caught before it spread.
“I’m so lucky,” she said ESPN for which she works as an expert. “There are some challenges ahead of me. But I’m comforted because I know chemotherapy is to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. “
Evert’s younger sister Jeane died of the same disease two years ago, but the family was initially informed that genetic testing showed nothing ominous.
However, further research has led to progress in this area and Evert was advised in October to seek more information about his situation.
A blood test also showed he had a pathogenic variant of the gene, which led to a hysterectomy and a tumor detected.
The 67-year-old said of Jeane: “When I go to chemotherapy, she is my inspiration. I will think of her. And she’ll get me through this. “
Messages of support from Evert’s longtime rival and friend immediately arrived on social media Martina Navratilova wrote on Twitter: “We’re all with you and behind you Chrissie, you’re a real champion and I have no doubt you’ll beat this nasty opponent without a sweat!”
an American actor Madison Keys wrote: “I’m so glad you’re fine @ChrissieEvert now! I send you a lot of love. “