Like King Charles III and Catherine, Princess of Wales, Sarah Ferguson is also under the weather as she seeks treatment for skin cancer less than one year after completing a mastectomy. The former Duchess of York put on a smile and flashed a wave to well-wishers and reporters as she left her dermatologist's office on Wednesday, January 24. She stopped for a moment and told those waiting outside: "I am fine, thank you."
The ex-wife of Prince Andrew has reportedly, and perhaps understandably, been thinking about her own mortality and the fragility of life itself in the wake of her health problems. Her malignant melanoma diagnosis is said to have come in shortly after Christmas last month, which was her first at the Sandringham estate since 1991. A source close to Her former Royal Highness told an outlet that the last year has been like "the worst icing on the cake" for the duchess.
"This is such tragic news for Sarah as she was still dealing with wrapping her mind around her first cancer diagnosis," they added. "She is telling people around her that they caught it in time and her friends and family are hopeful that this is the case. But she is also a realist and knows that a second cancer diagnosis that was just discovered is not something that is going to improve her chances of survival from her previous cancer diagnosis."
The insider also pointed out the recent scandal involving Andrew and the Jeffrey Epstein "document dump" revealed after the start of the new year. "Having to deal with this after everything that she has been through with Andrew feels like the worst icing on the cake. She is strong but cancer does not care how strong you are. This has caused her to start really thinking about her life and about mortality."
In the wake of the news late last year, Ferguson shared a statement that read: ''It was thanks to the great vigilance of my dermatologist that the melanoma was detected when it was. Naturally, another cancer diagnosis has been a shock but I am in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support. 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 believe my experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, color and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma and urge anyone who is reading this to be diligent," she added when highlighting how many people do not pay much mind to skin cancer symptoms, which can be fatal.
Daily Mirror reported on the insider revelations.