Sarah Ferguson diagnosed with skin cancer

January 23 : Sarah Ferguson has expressed her astonishment at being diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, but maintains a positive outlook. The Duchess of York shared her feelings on Instagram, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming love and support received.

The melanoma diagnosis followed the removal of a cancerous mole during her breast cancer treatment. While undergoing reconstructive surgery, several moles were removed and analyzed, revealing the presence of malignant melanoma.

This marks the second cancer diagnosis for the duchess within a year, following her earlier battle with breast cancer, which led to a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Despite the shock of another cancer diagnosis, she remains in good spirits and appreciates the outpouring of affection from well-wishers.

The duchess’s dermatologist recommended the removal and analysis of moles during reconstructive surgery, with one mole identified as cancerous. Further investigations are underway to ensure early detection.

Sources close to the duchess report her return to the UK after initial recovery in Austria. Facing a second cancer diagnosis within six months is undoubtedly a significant challenge, but her resilience and the support of her family are aiding her through this difficult time.

Having previously dealt publicly with breast cancer, the duchess advocated for regular screenings and used her podcast to raise awareness. Last year, she underwent a mastectomy at King Edward VII hospital in London.

Despite not being invited to the Coronation in May, the duchess joined the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas, marking her first appearance in over 30 years. The 64-year-old, formerly married to Prince Andrew, continues to share a home with him at Royal Lodge.

In unrelated health news, Kensington Palace disclosed that the Princess of Wales underwent successful planned abdominal surgery and would be hospitalized for up to two weeks, while Buckingham Palace announced that the King would receive treatment for a benign prostate condition.

Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, can spread to other parts of the body, often caused by ultraviolet light from the sun or sunbeds. Factors such as age, skin type, mole count, and family history increase the risk. Symptoms include new or changing moles, large moles, and irregularly shaped or multicolored moles. The NHS advises consulting a GP for moles that are new, changing, painful, itchy, or bleeding, and recommends sun protection measures to reduce the risk of melanoma.