Sara Ferguson64 years old, has been diagnosed with skin cancer, her representative confirmed in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The Duchess of York was also previously diagnosed with “Early stage” breast cancerwhich led her to successfully undergo a single mastectomy last year.
“Following her diagnosis of an early form of breast cancer this summer, Sarah, Duchess of York, has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma,” Sarah’s rep said in the statement. The representative also revealed that the royal family member had several moles removed and analyzed by a dermatologist when she recently underwent reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, and one of the moles was identified as cancerous.
“The Duchess would like to thank the entire medical team that has supported her, particularly her dermatologist, whose vigilance ensured that the disease was detected when it was,” the representative also shared. “She believes her experience underscores the importance of checking the size, shape, color and texture and appearance of new moles that may be a sign of melanoma.”
Learn more about Sarah’s cancer battles below.
Sarah Ferguson receives treatment for skin cancer
Sarah is reportedly being treated for her melanoma in London, England, and has taken some time to recover at the MAYRLIFE clinic, a health center in Altaussee, Austria.
“She is undergoing further investigation to ensure this was detected in the early stages,” her representative explained in the released statement. “Clearly, another diagnosis so soon after breast cancer treatment has been distressing, but the Duchess remains in good spirits.”
A friend of Sarah’s also told her PEOPLE that a second cancer diagnosis in “a matter of months has obviously been a shock and a hard blow,” but she “is very resilient and in good spirits.” Her stay in Austria helped her regain strength and her family supports her.”
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the “uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, caused by unrepaired DNA damage that triggers mutations,” according to the Skin cancer foundation. Mutations “lead skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors” and the main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma and carcinoma of Merkel cells (MCC).
Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are “abnormal, uncontrolled growths that arise from basal skin cells in the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis)”, while squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is “a growth of abnormal cells arising from squamous cells. in the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis).”
Melanoma is “a cancer that develops from melanocytes, the skin cells that produce the pigment melanin, which gives the skin its color” and Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is “a cancer of the unusual and aggressive skin.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Two main causes of skin cancer are the sun’s harmful rays. ultraviolet (UV) rays and using ultraviolet rays tanned Beds. Many forms of skin cancer can be treated if caught early, and some doctors can even detect the growth at a moment’s notice. precancerous stage, before it has developed into full-blown skin cancer or has penetrated below the surface of the skin.
Depending on the type of skin cancer and its stage, several treatment options are available, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
How is Sarah Ferguson’s health today?
Sarah is currently undergoing treatment for melanoma, her representative confirmed. She is also undergoing more tests to make sure the skin cancer was caught early, which will help determine the best options for her diagnosis.
Sarah Ferguson’s Past Health Issues
Prior to her skin cancer diagnosis, Sarah was diagnosed with “early-stage” breast cancer in June 2023. “Sarah, Duchess of York, was recently diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer detected on a routine mammogram.” . “She was informed that she needed to have surgery, which was performed successfully,” she told PEOPLE read at that time.
“The duchess is receiving the best medical care and has been told by her doctors that the prognosis is good,” the statement continued. “She is now recovering with her family. The Duchess would like to express her immense gratitude to all the medical staff who have supported her in recent days. “She is also enormously grateful to the staff who participated in the mammogram that identified her otherwise symptom-free disease, and she believes her experience underscores the importance of regular screening.”
in a New Year’s Eve message Last month, Sarah revealed that she beat breast cancer. “I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas celebrations today. 2023 has not been without its ups and downs, trials, lessons, laughter, miracles and joy,” he wrote alongside a photo of her posing in a green suit. “I made the Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller list for my historical romance novel, A Most Intriguing Lady! I was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I beat breast cancer and now I have a Derek on my left.”
“I have a new grandson!!!” She continued. “I have had the pleasure of meeting very inspiring people from all over the world with beautiful stories to tell. I have discovered within myself that I too have more stories to tell. I’m 64 years old and I’m just starting out. I hope everyone takes the time to reflect and look forward with love and positivity. Happy New Year, #2024!”
Sarah was undergoing breast reconstruction surgery after a single mastectomy when she was diagnosed with melanoma.