The Duchess of York says she’s undergoing treatment for breast cancer and has already undergone surgery. Sarah Ferguson had received the diagnosis during a routine mammogram and was immediately advised she needed to undergo surgery which has taken place successfully. The health update was revealed in the 4th episode of her podcast ‘Tea Talks, co-hosted with Sarah Jane Thomson.
‘I’m a Sarah Thomson and I wanted to let you know that the Duchess of York has recently undergone surgery for breast cancer,’ co-host Thomson said.
63-Year-Old Ferguson, also known as Fergie is the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The two share daughters Prince Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Thomson added in the podcast, ‘Something as big and impactful as this has had an effect on all of us, but the duchess being the duchess has stayed strong throughout.’ She claimed her co-host wanted to disclose the news to encourage others to get screened for cancer as well.
“This episode you’re about to hear was recorded the day before her surgery, but she wanted to release this to get the message out there that screening and regular self-checking is absolutely vital,” Thomson stated. “We hope you take something away from this podcast, and as always, thank you for listening.” The Duchess in her podcast revealed for the last three decades, she has volunteered for a cancer charity in the UK.
Ferguson had been inspired to volunteer at the Teenage Cancer’s Trust after her stepfather’s early death from the disease.
“My father died of prostate cancer and it was very interesting because he went on the radio and he said on the radio, ‘Please, please, please go and get checked. It doesn’t matter, go and get checked,'” Ferguson said. “‘It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. Don’t say it’s not going to happen to you, doesn’t matter if you feel fine because cancer can be so silent, such a silent, silent little hiding thing, which hides in the cells. Go get screened. Go get checked. Don’t wait.”
In a pre-recorded episode, the Duchess then said she would undergo a mastectomy, a type of surgery where a doctor removes all or part of the breast tissue. “It’s very important that I speak about it,” Ferguson added. “I am telling people out there because I want every single person that is listening to this podcast to go get checked. Go get screened and go do it.” She admitted to learning she had breast cancer after a routine mammogram.
According to a statement by her rep Lauren Auslander, Ferguson’s prognosis is good and she’s symptom-free. She’s currently spending time with her family.
The former senior working royal expressed “immense gratitude to all the medical staff” who treated her and emphasized “the importance of regular screening,” according to the statement. However, the Duchess, who opened the first Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young people in London in 1990, has been an advocate for cancer research in the past. In July 2022, she and her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie virtually met cancer patients and nurses for the opening of the hematology ward at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
‘This is a special charity that’s so very close to my heart. Cancer doesn’t just devastate a young person’s health, it threatens to take away everything they care about their identity, their independence, and their dreams,’ she said in a statement to the organization at the time. ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses and youth workers provide the very best care and support during treatment and beyond, making sure that cancer doesn’t stop young people living their lives.’
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