Sarah Ferguson diagnosed with breast cancer as she undergoes surgery

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    Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and former wife of Prince Andrew, has been diagnosed with cancer after a routine mammogram.

    The 63-year-old was released from hospital today, June 25, and is now recovering at home with her family in Windsor, Berkshire, the Mirror reports.

    A spokesman for the Duchess said: "Sarah, Duchess of York was recently diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer detected at a routine mammogram screening."

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    A statement continued: “She was advised she needed to undergo surgery which has taken place successfully.

    “The duchess is receiving the best medical care and her doctors have told her that the prognosis is good. She is now recuperating with her family.

    “The duchess wants to express her immense gratitude to all the medical staff who have supported her in recent days.

    “She is also hugely thankful to the staff involved in the mammogram which identified her illness, which was otherwise symptom free, and believes her experience underlines the importance of regular screening.”

    One friend told The Sun the "prognosis is good" because of the "early detection".

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    The source said: "It's been a difficult time but she is very grateful to the medical staff who carried out the mammogram and detected it early and the medical staff who looked after her these last few days, she is incredibly thankful."

    The grandmother of three spent several days in the London hospital this week.

    It is understood that the Duchess of York was treated at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London which has treated members of the royal family for decades.

    The duchess recorded an episode of her new podcast, called Tea Talk, the day before she went into hospital.

    The episode, in which she talks about her diagnosis, will be broadcast on Monday.

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