Sarah Ferguson issues plea to the public following cancer diagnosis

Sarah Ferguson issues plea to the public following cancer diagnosis

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 20/02/2024

- 13:50

The Duchess of York has warned the public not to skip cancer health checks in a bid to raise public awareness

Sarah Ferguson has issued a pleading public statement on social media following her second “shock” cancer diagnosis.

The duchess, 64, took to Instagram today to talk about her cancer diagnoses and to urge Brits not to skip their health check-ups warning, “days could be the difference between life and death”.

Last month, Fergie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, only six months after she was treated for breast cancer.

The duchess said: “I would like to urge anyone who is able to be diligent with their health checkup.

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson issued an emotional post asking the public to attend health check-ups


“I’m determined to do whatever I can to help raise awareness by sharing my experience.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023 and melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, this year and had it not been for the diligence and care of my physicians, my situation could have been so much worse.”

In January, a mole was removed from Fergie’s body and tested for malignant melanoma. The duchess previously urged the public to check the “size, shape, colour and texture and emergence of new moles” that can be a sign of cancer.

The duchess also revealed that because she had already been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous year, she almost put off going for her routine mammogram, but her sister convinced her to go.

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Sarah Ferguson posted this picture from a 2023 photoshoot alongside her statement


She commented: “After undergoing a mastectomy and reconstruction, I could only hope that I was in the clear, which is why a new diagnosis of skin cancer came as a shock.”

The Duchess of York- mother to Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice- said she remains positive following her diagnoses "with the support of my family.”

Ferguson posted the statement alongside a picture of herself standing in a vibrant pink, long coat and matching wide leg trousers from a photoshoot in March 2023.

The duchess rounded of her post with a final plea: “Days could make the difference between life and death, so please don’t skip or out of your #healthchecks and urge your loved ones to go to theirs.”

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson urged Brits to check for signs of cancer following her diagnosis

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson encouraged a surge in visits to the NHS website after her diagnosis was made publicPA

Fans responded to the duchess’s post sending their well wishes and revealing their own personal experiences with health check-ups.

One well-wisher said: “Thank you for sharing your experience in order to help other people. Your dedication is a continuous true inspiration.”

Christopher Horne, the photographer who took the photo on Fergie’s post, described the duchess as a “light” and praised her “bravery and resilience.”

The King has also been raising public understanding of those affected by cancer after disclosing his cancer diagnosis and prostate treatment details this year.

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