The Duchess of York has received a diagnosis of an aggressive form of skin cancer shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. A representative for Sarah Ferguson, aged 64, disclosed that medical professionals identified and removed a mole on her body during her breast cancer treatment, revealing it to be a malignant melanoma. The spokesperson stated that efforts are underway to determine whether the melanoma was detected in its early stages.
The spokesperson expressed the distressing nature of the diagnosis but noted that the duchess is maintaining high spirits. Despite the challenging circumstances, she is currently undergoing further investigations to confirm the early detection of the cancer. The spokesperson conveyed the duchess's gratitude to the medical team, particularly her dermatologist, for their vigilance in identifying the illness.
Last year, Ferguson underwent surgery for breast cancer at the private King Edward VII’s hospital in London. The duchess, a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, emphasized the importance of monitoring the size, shape, color, and texture of moles, citing her experience as an example.
The recent health updates within the royal family include King Charles seeking treatment for an enlarged prostate. The palace clarified that the condition is benign, and the king is scheduled for a corrective procedure, with a brief period of recuperation. King Charles opted to share his diagnosis to encourage other men to seek medical attention for symptoms in accordance with public health advice.
Simultaneously, the Princess of Wales, his daughter-in-law, underwent successful planned abdominal surgery and is expected to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days. All her public engagements until Easter have been canceled. The royal family's health updates come amidst a proactive approach to public awareness and encouragement for timely medical attention.