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Sarah Ferguson reveals she’ll suddenly wake up and panic she’s got ‘cancer somewhere else’ as she opens up about her diagnosis on Loose Women – but jokes she’s thrilled doctors removed fat to reconstruct her breast


Sarah Ferguson has opened up about struggling with the paranoia that she’s going to ‘get cancer somewhere else’ and waking up in the night in a panic.

The Duchess of York, 64, spoke about her health concerns following a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy as she made her debut as a Loose Women panellist today. 

The mother-of-two was on the programme to launch its inaugural ‘Don’t Skip Your Screening’ campaign, highlighting the importance of attending mammogram appointments.

‘And then of course you start four in the morning syndrome,’ she told Christine Lampard, Coleen Nolan, and Brenda Edwards on the pre-recoreded one-off special.

‘You know that moment when you suddenly wake up and go “oh I’m sure I’ve got cancer somewhere else… I’m gonna go and ring my doctor”.

The Duchess of York, 64, spoke about her health concerns following a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy as she made her debut as a Loose Women panellist today

The Duchess of York, 64, spoke about her health concerns following a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy as she made her debut as a Loose Women panellist today

‘I’m getting over that but it’s only been a few months since I’ve had the operation, so I’m just beginning to sit up straight.’

Sarah also joked about the reconstructive surgery she had following her single mastectomy where ‘they remove all of your fat’, which she thought ‘was going to be great’.

‘I thought, at last!’ she quipped. 

‘Finally a waistline,’ Brenda chipped in. 

The Duchess also opened up about feeling grateful that her diagnosis was caught just in time, and navigating the ‘feeling of demise’ at the news.

‘I caught it so early, just in time,’ she added.

‘The real thing is, it’s that terrible fear of “oh no, it won’t happen to me”… and that’s why I want to shout about it. I wouldn’t be sitting here if I hadn’t have gone.’ 

Sarah revealed in June that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a successful single mastectomy at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

Since then, she has spent time recovering at home at Royal Lodge, Windsor, where she lives with her ex-husband, despite splitting nearly 30 years ago. 

The duchess’s cancer nightmare began earlier this year when a routine test first detected something was seriously wrong before the Coronation.

The mother-of-two was on the programme to launch its inaugural 'Don't Skip Your Screening' campaign, highlighting the importance of attending mammogram appointments

The mother-of-two was on the programme to launch its inaugural ‘Don’t Skip Your Screening’ campaign, highlighting the importance of attending mammogram appointments

Sarah Ferguson has opened up about struggling with the paranoia that she's going to 'get cancer somewhere else' and waking up in the night in a panic

Sarah Ferguson has opened up about struggling with the paranoia that she’s going to ‘get cancer somewhere else’ and waking up in the night in a panic

In early May, Sarah attended an appointment in London for a mammogram. Rather than being given the all-clear, as expected, the technician explained that a ‘shadow’ could be seen in the breast.

Given the size of the area, a lumpectomy was ruled out and Sarah was strongly advised to go ahead with a single mastectomy, which would eradicate the shadow of cancerous cells across the breast.

Sarah was said to be devastated but determined to press ahead with a mastectomy as soon as possible, telling friends she had ‘no choice’ but to go through with the operation.

The Duchess endured a punishing eight-hour operation as surgeons battled breast cancer. Speaking about the gruelling operation during her final episode of the first series of her podcast Tea Talks in August, she revealed that her mastectomy had helped to get over ‘years’ of self-hatred from being compared to Princess Diana. 

She said that looking back, she realises she had ‘good legs’ and ‘looked good’, but didn’t ‘like herself’. 

‘That was because I think I was always compared to Diana and I think that at the end I sort of believed my own press which is, you know, not too good,’ Fergie explained.

However she said that she had found life after the operation had changed her point of view, adding she now ‘likes herself.’

She also spoke about how she has recovered since the operation, saying she has been doing well. 

She said she had started to return to a more active lifestyle over the summer, including walking while holidaying in Scotland to keep in shape.



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