Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York has been diagnosed with breast cancer, with the 63 year old revealing she received the diagnosis earlier this year.. The tumour was picked up from a routine mammogram, which, the royal says, is a reminder to continue with your scheduled check ups.
Having caught the cancer early, Ferguson underwent a major operation to treat it, which doctors say has been “successful”. The procedure took place at the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone on Tuesday, a hospital known for treating other senior royals including the late Queen Elizabeth II.
“The Duchess is receiving the best medical care and her doctors have told her that the prognosis is good. She is now recuperating with her family.
“The Duchess wants to express her immense gratitude to all the medical staff who have supported her in recent days,” her spokesman told BBC News.
“She is also hugely thankful to the staff involved in the mammogram which identified her illness, which was otherwise symptom free, and believes her experience underlines the importance of regular screening.”
A source close to Ferguson told The Sun, “It’s been a difficult time but she is very grateful to the medical staff who carried out the mammogram and detected it early and the medical staff who looked after her these last few days, she is incredibly thankful.”
Royal watchers expect the Duchess will further elaborate on her condition in a new episode of her podcast Tea Talks with the Duchess and Sarah. Ferguson has also long been a patron of the UK’s Teenager Cancer Trust and has held speaking positions at previous Breast Cancer galas.
“When I started to work with the Teenage Cancer Trust over 30 years ago, it was because my stepfather had died of cancer and I wanted to do something for cancer patients,” she said.