Sarah Ferguson says she will have cancer treatment 'for the rest of her life' as she calls for 'family to unite'

Sarah Ferguson says she will have cancer treatment 'for the rest of her life' as she calls for 'family to unite'

Sarah Ferguson, known to many as Fergie, has given a candid update on her health during her appearance on Loose Women. The Duchess of York appeared on the panel of Wednesday's chat show.

Fergie was asked by co-star Brenda Edwards if she's still recieving treatment. It comes as the 64-year-old was diagnosed with skin cancer back in January, just months after battling breast cancer, when her dermatologist spotted the moles on her skin.

At the time, she spoke of being in "shock" at the news, but vowed to remain in "good spirits" and staying positive. Following her appearance on the ITV show, she candidly opened up on discovering the cancer and encouraged everyone to stay vigilant with their health.

She said: "It's the biggest organ we have, the skin. My dad died of it, and my best friend died of melanoma aged 41 and she never saw the sun, so don't wait for the sun to go and get checked, hers was between the toes. Please don't be frightened to get checked.

"Melanoma hides, my mole was on my thigh and I never had it out in the sun. How my wonderful dermatologist found it I will never know, but luckily she did and I am here today to talk about it."

Fergie appeared to send a message to the Royals during her Loose Women appearance on 'unity' -Credit:ITV

Giving an update on her health, she continued: "Every day I have to deal with it. I see another spot come up and I have to get checked. It's not easy, it's hard, but there's so many wonderful solutions for malignant melanoma - I am here to say that. Don't be frightened, just please take the opportunity to get tested.

"I had a small red mark which was drilling itself down into my body and became a lesion, it would have reached my lymph nodes and spread through my body. It could just be a rash, and that's fine, but go and get checked."

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As discussion turned to the Royals, Brenda Edwards asked her: "In light of everything you have been through, and of course the news of Princess Kate and the King, have you given them any advice or spoken about the treatment?"

"I think the great thing is they have set a great example and spoken about it themselves," Fergie responded as she spoke fondly of Kate being an 'inspiration' and said Charles discussing his cancer so openly proved 'authentic honesty.'

She added: "I think when it comes down to it family unity is key, and I think we should all raise the altitutde and unite in order to really feel better."

When asked what people should look out for, Fergie explained it could be a mole or a freckle, or any new marks on your skin you were unaware of before should be checked out.

Speaking of her skin damage over the years, Fergie added: "I am still recieving treatment. I think I will be having treatment for probably the rest of my life for the melanoma. My mum threw me out in 1960 with Nivea on because she didn't know back in those days. I do however now have a lot of skin damage from my lifestyle."

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