Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has opened up about her recent diagnosis and treatment for a serious type of skin cancer.
A spokesperson for the ex-wife of Prince Andrew announced in a statement Sunday that a dermatologist removed and tested several moles after she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
The 64-year-old best-selling author and podcaster, commonly called Fergie, revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that she had been receiving deva “in the past weeks” and was recuperating at home with family.
“It was thanks to the great vigilance of my dermatologist that the melanoma was detected when it was,” she wrote.
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According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is a particularly deadly type of skin cancer that accounts for only one percent of all diagnosed skin cancers in the United States but causes the majority of skin cancer deaths.
This is the second diagnosis of cancer within a year for Ferguson.
Last summer, the former royal had a single mastectomy at King Edward VII’s Hospital — a private clinic used by the late Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members.
Her rep confirmed she underwent reconstructive surgery after the removal of her breast.
“Naturally another cancer diagnosis has been a shock,” she said in Monday’s post, adding: “But I’m in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support.”
Ferguson, who was married to Prince Andrew 1986 to 1996. They are the parents of Princes Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.