Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, shared on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with a malignant form of skin cancer, the Daily Caller reports. The tragic diagnosis was discovered while Ferguson was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
“Following her diagnosis with an early form of breast cancer, Sarah, Duchess of York, has now been diagnosed with malignant melanoma,” said a spokesperson for Ferguson. “She is undergoing further investigations to ensure that this has been caught in the early stages too. Clearly, another diagnosis so soon after treatment for breast cancer has been distressing but the Duchess remains in good spirits,”
Additional details shared include that Ferguson was found to have several moles while undergoing reconstructive surgery in 2023 following a mastectomy. A biopsy performed found one of the moles to be cancerous.
While keeping quiet was an option, the duchess felt that coming forward with both diagnoses would encourage others to go and get tested, she told U.K. news outlets.
“The Duchess wants to thank the entire medical team which has supported her — particularly her dermatologist, whose vigilance ensured the illness was detected when it was,” her spokesperson added.
Ferguson, 64, is primarily an author though makes occasional television appearances. She is a member of the extended British royal family, being previously married to Prince Andrew, Duke of York with whom she shares Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Andrew was recently tied to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein through the disclosure of new documents showing the royal family member was a frequent guest at his private island, site of abuses put upon hundreds of young girls.
We are enjoying each other’s company and feeling grateful today. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Happy Christmas to anyone who celebrates and season’s greetings to all! pic.twitter.com/jfc2YbQZeo
— Sarah Ferguson (Fergie) (@SarahTheDuchess) December 25, 2023
As a descendent of King Charles II through illegitimate children, Ferguson — known affectionately as “Fergie” — has kept a cheery demeanor despite her health hardships. She joked that she named her reconstructed left breast “Derek” and her right breast “Eric,” who was “feeling rather sad because he is not as perky,” the BBC reported.
Other members of the royal family undergoing recent health procedures include Kate, Princess of Wales, who recently underwent abdominal surgery, while King Charles III is scheduled for a prostate treatment later this week.