Sarah Ferguson Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

Sarah Ferguson has been diagnosed with skin cancer, months after she underwent a single mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

The Duchess of York’s rep issued a statement about her latest ailment Jan. 21. 

“Following her diagnosis with an early form of breast cancer this summer, Sarah, Duchess of York has now been diagnosed with malignant melanoma,” the spokesperson said in a statement to E! News. “Her dermatologist asked that several moles were removed and analyzed at the same time as the Duchess was undergoing reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, and one of these has been identified as cancerous.”

According to The Telegraph and other outlets, Sarah was diagnosed with skin cancer days after Christmas—and after she made a surprise appearance with Andrew and the rest of the royal family at a Christmas Day service in Sandringham, Norfolk. The duchess is being treated by an oncologist and dermatologist from London hospitals and has been has been recuperating at a medical spa in Austria, E! News has learned.

“She is undergoing further investigations to ensure that this has been caught in the early stages,” the author’s rep said. “Clearly, another diagnosis so soon after treatment for breast cancer has been distressing, but the Duchess remains in good spirits.”

The statement added that “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. She believes her experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, color and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma.”

Sarah and ex-husband Prince Andrew—who lives with her and the late Queen Elizabeth II‘s corgis—are parents to Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. The latter is patron of the British Skin Foundation.

News of Sarah’s latest cancer diagnosis comes days after the royal family announced that King Charles III is set to undergo treatment for an enlarged prostate and that Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has undergone a planned abdominal surgery and will remain hospitalized for most of the rest of January.

Sarah has made no mention of her skin cancer diagnosis on her Instagram. In a New Year’s Eve post reflecting on 2023, she spoke about her past cancer battle, noting that she “beat breast cancer,” and shared an optimistic message. 

She also added, “I have had the pleasure of meeting some very inspiring people from around the world with beautiful stories to tell. I have discovered within myself that I, too, have more stories to tell. I am 64 and just getting started.”

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Sarah Ferguson Is Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

The Duchess of York’s rep said in a statement on Jan. 21 that Sarah was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Several months prior, she underwent a single mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Abdicates the Throne

On Jan. 14, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark made history as she officially abdicated the throne, handing the crown over to her son, now known as King Frederik the 10th

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Kate Middleton Is Hospitalized

Kensington Palace announced on Jan. 17 that Kate Middleton underwent planned abdominal surgery and was set to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days.

“Based on the current medical advice,” the Palace said, “she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.”

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Prince William Adjusting His Schedule

Amid Kate’s recovery, Prince William postponed a number of engagements as he supported his family, including the couple’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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King Charles III Undergoing Treatment

Shortly after Kate’s hospitalization was made public, Buckingham Palace shared that King Charles III “has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate.”

“His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure,” the statement added. “The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”

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Luxembourg Welcomes a New Baby

Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg welcomed son Balthazar Felix Karl on Jan. 7, the first royal baby of the New Year!

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