Chris Evert using cancer fight to raise awareness of early detection: ‘Be your own advocate’

Chris Evert acknowledges that she is “very lucky” to be able to fight cancer in its early stages, an announcement the Tennis Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst revealed Friday: She has stage 1C3 ovarian cancer and has started chemotherapy.

Evert says she was diagnosed in December and completed the first of six rounds of chemotherapy this week.

“As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I will respond to chemotherapy,” said Evert, 67. Chris McKendry, ESPN colleague. “I have to give in to something higher.”

Evert’s family history played an important role in early detection. Her younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died in February 2020 at the age of 62 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer. Last October, Evert’s family was told that a new interpretation of the genetic tests Dubin underwent during his illness indicated that some members of the family might be at increased risk of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. breast and ovary.

Evert said he then had his own genetic tests done and found he was at increased risk. Despite undergoing a preventive hysterectomy in early December, cancer was found in her left fallopian tube. It hadn’t spread to other parts of her body, she told McKendry.

“When I go into chemo, she’s my inspiration,” Evert said of her sister. “I’ll be thinking about her. And she’ll get me through it.”

Evert told McKendry that it was important to her to tell her story and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

“Be your own advocate. Know your family history. Be fully aware of your body, follow your gut and be aware of changes. Don’t try to be a crusader and think this will pass,” Evert said.

Evert said on Twitter who will provide coverage of the Australian Open 2022, which begins on Sunday in the US, from home.

The tennis world responded to the news of Evert’s cancer with an outpouring of encouragement on social media. A sample of the messages: