Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has spoken out after revealing she had been diagnosed with skin cancer, her second cancer diagnosis in the past year.
Ferguson said: “It is natural for my cancer diagnosis to come as a shock, but I am in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support I have received.” he wrote in an Instagram post on MondayHe added: “I am resting with my family at home now, and I feel happy because I have their love and support.”
Ferguson – who was previously married to Prince Andrew and is mother to their daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer and underwent a mastectomy.
A spokesman for the Duchess said on Sunday that Ferguson's dermatologist requested “the removal and analysis of several moles” at the same time she was undergoing reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy.
One of the moles removed was “determined to be cancerous,” the spokesman said.
“It is subject to further investigation to ensure it is detected in the early stages,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The further diagnosis so soon after breast cancer treatment has obviously been distressing but the Duchess remains in good spirits.”
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Ferguson said on Instagram that she hopes sharing her diagnosis will help encourage people to get cancer screening.
“I think my experience underscores the importance of checking the size, shape, color, texture, and appearance of new moles that could be a sign of skin cancer, and I urge anyone reading this to be diligent,” she wrote.
What do you know about skin cancer?
Skin cancer is treated by surgically removing the primary tumor and surrounding normal tissue. Immunotherapy and other targeted therapies may also be used to treat advanced melanoma. The 5-year survival rate for melanoma ranges from 99.5% for localized disease, to 31.9% for metastatic disease. Mortality rates have decreased greatly due to advances in treatment.
for every Center for Disease ControlFor every 100,000 people, 20 new cases of skin cancer are reported each year, and 2 people die. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer in men and women. More than two-thirds Melanomas are diagnosed among adults 55 years and older.
the USPSTF Current evidence has been found to be inconclusive regarding screening of asymptomatic adolescents and adults by visual skin examination. Those who have a suspicious skin lesion, or who have a familial syndrome, should be monitored closely.
Avoiding sunburn and using sunscreen can reduce your risk of skin cancer. Avoiding exposure to UV rays from tanning beds or other devices can also reduce risks. Having another type of skin cancer, breast or thyroid cancer It increases your risk From skin cancer.
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