Sarah Ferguson has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, just months after undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
The Duchess of York was given the news after dermatologists removed several moles during treatment for her last cancer last year.
One of the moles was found to be a malignant melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer than can spread to other parts of the body.
The 64-year-old is said to be in “good spirits” despite another cancer diagnosis so soon after undergoing a single mastectomy.
Her spokesperson said: “Following her diagnosis with an early form of breast cancer this summer, Sarah, Duchess of York has now been diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
“Her dermatologist asked that several moles were removed and analysed at the same time as the duchess was undergoing reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, and one of these has been identified as cancerous.
“She is undergoing further investigations to ensure that this has been caught in the early stages. Clearly, another diagnosis so soon after treatment for breast cancer has been distressing but the duchess remains in good spirits.”
The duchess has been recuperating at a medical spa in Austria after spending Christmas with her family at Sandringham.
In an appearance on Good Morning Britain in December, she opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis, saying it had changed her life. A month before, she was pictured enjoying her first night out at a gala dinner in London after her mastectomy.
She is now expected to undergo further tests to discover whether the cancer has spread. Treatment for a melanoma depends on where it is on the body, and if it has spread, according to the NHS.
The duchess’s spokesperson said: “The duchess wants to thank the entire medical team which has supported her, particularly her dermatologist whose vigilance ensured the illness was detected when it was.
“She believes her experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, colour and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma.”
The duchess’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, is patron of the British Skin Foundation and has worked with skin cancer patients.