'Huge relief' for Sarah Ferguson as duchess told skin cancer 'hasn't spread'

'Huge relief' for Sarah Ferguson as duchess told skin cancer 'hasn't spread'

The Duchess of York has been told there appears to be no spread of her skin cancer following another round of surgery.

Sarah Ferguson, 64, was diagnosed with skin cancer following the removal of a cancerous mole during treatment for breast cancer.

The mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie underwent further surgery to examine the area around the mole, the Daily Mail reported, and she has since been told they were cancer free.

A friend told the paper that while the duchess must undergo regular 12-week check-ups, the news was the “best possible outcome she could have hoped for” and her prognosis is good.

The friend told the paper: “She's undergone further surgery following the melanoma diagnosis to examine the area around the mole that was found to be malignant and her lymph nodes.

“The good news is that these have all been found to be free of cancer so it looks like there has been no spread of the disease and the prognosis is good, though she'll have to have regular check-ups going forward.

“It's a huge relief for Sarah and the entire family after the most stressful time and an anxious wait for results."

Last year the Duchess of York shared how her breast cancer diagnosis changed her life – and gave her the confidence to be herself.

The royal underwent a mastectomy at London’s King Edward VII's Hospital last June after doctors detected the disease during a routine test last Spring.

In January, the NHS reported that there had been a huge surge in the number of people viewing its website for information about melanoma skin cancer since Sarah announced her diagnosis.

The health service said its online page about the disease was visited once every 13 seconds, an increase of 741%, in the two days following the announcement.