ATLANTA ó Doctors have diagnosed a recurrence of ovarian cancer in Patsy Ramsey , the mother of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey , the family attorney said Friday.
The diagnosis came after Ramsey ís annual examination earlier this week in Bethesda, Md., attorney Lin Wood said.
Ramsey , now 45, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993. She had been free of cancer for 8 years before doctors noticed the recurrence this week, Wood said in a statement.
Doctors are optimistic because the new cancer appears confined to a small area, Wood said.
The attorney said he had hoped Ramsey ís health would remain a private matter but has received repeated questions about it from the press.
It has been more than five years since 6-year-old JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of her familyís home in Boulder. Police have yet to charge anyone in her death.