Former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camille Grammer announced Monday that she underwent a radical hysterectomy last week after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
According to a rep for the ex-housewife, who divorced “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer last year after a messy split, Grammer underwent the surgery because she found out that she was at an “elevated risk” of developing endometrial, or uterine, cancer.
Endometrial cancer, which develops in the uterine lining, is reportedly the most common cancer to affect women’s reproductive system, according to Health.com. The National Cancer Institute reported 49,560 new cases of endometrial cancer in the U.S. in 2013, and 8,190 fatalities.
"She underwent a radical hysterectomy today," Howard Bragman, a rep for Grammer, told People magazine last week. "The surgery went well and she is expected to make a complete recovery following a significant recuperation period."
Bragman added that thorough testing indicated certain genetic traits predisposed to Grammer to the disease.
"[She] has been diligent about regular checkups and monitoring, which explains the early detection and rapid treatment," Bragman said. “Ms. Grammer expresses gratitude to all the amazing health care professionals who have taken such loving and nurturing care of her. She urges all women to be aware of genetic factors relating to women's cancers and get regular checkups."
It’s not the first time that Grammer, 45, has been outspoken about her health issues. In 1996, she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that forced her to use a surrogate to carry her two children, Mason, 11 and Jude, 9. Grammer went on to become an advocate of raising awareness about the gastrointestinal condition, filming public service announcements for TV and radio.
Grammer left “The Real Housewives” after the show’s third season, citing personal reasons. She initially stated that she would not return for the third season, saying she wanted to protect her children’s privacy, but later renewed her role in that season as a part-time cast member. She will not appear in season four of the show.
The season four cast will include Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards and Kim Richards, and new members Joyce Giraud de Ohoven and Carlton Gebbia. The season premiere is Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.