Sarah Ferguson has issued a statement following her recent skin cancer diagnosis.
The Duchess of York said that her second cancer diagnosis within 12 months has come as a shock but she remains in good spirits.
Fergie wrote on Instagram: “I have been taking some time to myself as I have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, my second cancer diagnosis within a year after I was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
“It was thanks to the great vigilance of my dermatologist that the melanoma was detected when it was.
The Duchess of York has received her second cancer diagnosis within 12 months.
“Naturally another cancer diagnosis has been a shock but I’m in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support.
“I believe my experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, colour and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma and urge anyone who is reading this to be diligent.
“I am incredibly thankful to the medical teams that have supported me through both of these experiences with cancer and to the MAYRLIFE Clinic for taking gentle care of me in the past weeks, allowing me time for recuperation.
“I am resting with family at home now, feeling blessed to have their love and support.”
Sarah Ferguson’s diagnosis comes following two senior members of the Royal Family also going public with health concerns.
On January 17, it was announced that the King was suffering from an enlarged prostate and would undergo an operation in hospital this week.
Just hours earlier on the same day, Kensington Palace announced the Princess of Wales was recovering in hospital after abdominal surgery.
Princess Kate is expected to remain in hospital throughout this week before returning home to recuperate.