Duchess of York diagnosed with skin cancer

Sarah, Duchess of York has been treated for an aggressive form of skin cancer, just six months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Duchess, 64, underwent a single mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery last summer.

But when she had further reconstruction surgery last month, medics removed several moles, one of which was found to be a malignant melanoma.

Despite the double health shock, the “resilient” Duchess is said to be in good spirits and determined to plough on.

She is undergoing further tests to check that the cancer was caught in the early stages and has not spread to other parts of her body.

The news comes as the King prepares to undergo treatment for an enlarged prostate and the Princess of Wales recovers from major abdominal surgery.

A spokesman for the Duchess said: “Following her diagnosis with an early form of breast cancer this summer, Sarah, Duchess of York has now been diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

“Her dermatologist asked that several moles were removed and analysed at the same time as the Duchess was undergoing reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, and one of these has been identified as cancerous.”


The Duchess received the diagnosis just days after Christmas. Since then, she has spent time recuperating at the MAYRLIFE clinic, a medical spa in Austria.

The clinic, which is nestled on the shores of Lake Altaussee, offers various health programmes and attracts wealthy A-list stars.

Major Ronald Ferguson, the Duchess’s father, had been diagnosed with skin cancer just months before his death in March 2003 and had planned to undergo chemotherapy. He also had prostate cancer although he died of a heart attack.

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