Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore has elected to go under the knife on a routine yet pretty scary-sounding surgery.

The 73-year-old world-turner-oner is due to have a long-present meningioma removed—that is, a benign tumor on the tissue lining of her brain.

Here's the deal…

"Mary Tyler Moore went in for an elective surgery to remove a meningioma, which is a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain," Alla Plotkin, a rep for America's long-standing sweetheart, told E! News. "At the recommendation of her neurologist, who has been monitoring this for years, and a neurosurgeon, Mary decided to proceed with this fairly routine procedure."

There's no word on when, exactly, the iconic star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Dick Van Dyke Show will be heading to the hospital, but our thoughts are with her.

But before the world collectively launches into the ugly cry, know that we have nothing but absolute faith that things will turn out alright for Mary—after all, she's got spunk. Tumors hate spunk.

—Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz

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