Sarah Ferguson gives health update in first outing since skin cancer diagnosis

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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, recently shared a positive update on her health following her diagnosis with skin cancer. She was seen leaving King Edward VII’s Hospital in the Marylebone area of London after a visit to her doctor on Wednesday, January 24.

The Daily Mail reported that Ferguson, affectionately known as Fergie, was greeted by a group of well-wishers outside the hospital. She graciously stopped to engage with the locals before departing the area. When asked about her condition, she reassured one concerned individual, saying, “I’m fine, thank you.”

This encounter comes after a spokesperson for the mother of two announced on Sunday, January 21, that Ferguson had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma. This news followed her previous battle with breast cancer, for which she had undergone a mastectomy.

Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer characterized by the abnormal growth of melanocytes, the cells responsible for the skin’s brown or tan color. This diagnosis marks another challenging chapter in Ferguson’s health journey.

In response to her diagnosis, Ferguson took to Instagram to reflect on her experience and share her thoughts. Accompanying a photo of herself, she wrote a heartfelt caption expressing her shock but also her gratitude for the support she has received. “Naturally another cancer diagnosis has been a shock but I’m in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support,” she shared.

The former wife of Prince Andrew also used her platform to raise awareness about the importance of monitoring skin changes. She emphasized the significance of checking for changes in the size, shape, color, and texture of moles, as well as the appearance of new ones. Ferguson highlighted these signs as potential indicators of melanoma and urged her followers to be vigilant about their skin health.

Ferguson’s openness about her health struggles and her proactive approach to raising awareness about skin cancer reflects her commitment to both her well-being and the health education of the public. As she navigates this new health challenge, her spirit and determination continue to inspire those around her.

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