Keya Roy, a former first-class cricketer, was an India opener and is currently a Bengal Selector. A stellar athlete, she was well-known for her aggressive batting style. Her command over the game was unparallelled, and she was known for her square cuts, and sixes.
She has the distinction of being the first to score a century, in the National Women’s Cricket Championship held in Gorakhpur, in 1977.
The cricketer was diagnosed with Endometrial carcinoma (cancer in the lining of the uterus) in February 2017. She recalls that a frozen biopsy confirmed grade 2 stage 1 cancer.
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Keya had to undergo surgery, but instead of letting the scary news weigh her down, the brave cricketer took up the ‘challenge’ and decided to go ahead with it. Her inspiration? Yuvraj Singh, who had made a comeback to the national team after beating cancer.
Endometrial carcinoma, or cancer in the lining of the uterus, has no exact cause. However, the good news is that if detected in its early stages, Endometrial cancer can be cured with treatment and close follow-up. There is a 92% estimated one-year survival rate, and if the cancer hasn’t spread, there is a 95% five-year survival rate.
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The surgery was a success, and the doctors removed five of her organs. It took a year, but Keya successfully beat the disease and was declared cancer-free by doctors at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, on January 26th.
Kudos to Keya, for bravely battling the disease!