Sarah Ferguson: Duchess of York hits NHS skin cancer website after diagnosis | UK News

The health service reported a 741% increase in clicks on online information about melanoma after the 64-year-old Duchess announced she had the disease on Sunday.

By James Robinson, News Correspondent @thejournojames


Friday 26 January 2024 19:01, UK

The NHS has reported a huge increase in the number of people visiting its website for information about melanoma skin cancer since Sarah, Duchess of York announced her diagnosis.

The health service said its online page about the disease was visited every 13 seconds – a 741% increase in two days. Following notification.

The Duchess, 64, revealed her diagnosis on Sunday – Six months after being treated for breast cancer.

Professor Peter Johnson, NHS National Medical Director CancerHe said it highlights the importance of how people should seek help if they notice any changes in their bodies.

He said: “Skin cancers can come in many different shapes and sizes and they can be different for everyone.

„It's important to note any changes in your own body and contact your GP practice if something doesn't feel right.

„Early detection of cancer saves lives, so if you're worried about a symptom we always want to see you early – it might not be cancer, but catching it early helps give people a better chance of successful treatment.”

The NHS previously reported A sharp increase in views of its online information about prostate enlargement Following the news about the King's health. It said it had 16,410 visits to its website – a 1,061% increase – in 24 hours last week.

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On Friday, King, 75, was announced „Doing well” after a procedure To treat the condition.



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Sarah, Duchess of York at a Christmas church service in Sandringham in December. Image: B.A

The Duchess of York was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, after several moles were removed – one of which was identified as cancerous.

A spokesman for the Duchess said she would undergo further tests to ensure the cancer was caught in its early stages.

In a post on social media following the announcement, she said she was „in shock” at the diagnosis but thanked well-wishers and medical staff for their support.

She urged others to be vigilant with their skin: „My experience underscores the importance of checking the size, shape, color and texture and appearance of new moles that could be a sign of melanoma and encourages anyone reading this to be diligent.”

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Last year, Prince Andrew's ex-wife, the Duke of York, underwent an eight-hour single mastectomy and reconstruction after an early form of breast cancer was detected on a routine mammogram.

She previously said she had no symptoms and missed her appointment – until her sister told her to go.

In a television interview in December, She said she was „proud” of her mastectomy And described it as a „badge of office”.

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What is malignant melanoma?

Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body.

According to the NHS, the main cause of melanoma is UV light from the sun, as well as sunbeds.



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A dermatologist examining a patient's skin. File image: CasarsaGuru/iStock

Factors such as age, a family history of skin cancer, and pale skin or a large number of moles can increase your chances of developing the disease.

A new mole or a change in an existing mole can be a sign of melanoma, large moles or irregularly shaped or mixed colors.

The NHS advises people to contact their GP if a new mole or changes to existing moles become itchy, painful or inflamed.

People who notice a dark area under the nail that is not caused by an injury should contact their doctor.

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