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Decoding Princess Kate Middleton’s Cancer Diagnosis: Insights from Dr. Scot Ackerman on Abdominal Surgery and Cancer Risks

Ackerman Cancer Center

March 25, 2024

Dr. Scot Ackerman joined the WJXT team this past Friday to discuss Princess Kate Middleton’s recent cancer diagnosis. On March 22nd, 2024, Kensington Palace released a video of Princess Kate where she shared details on her health after recently undergoing abdominal surgery. Although her diagnosis has not yet been revealed, Dr. Ackerman and the WJXT team discussed the importance of early detection as well as risk factors related to age, and the role screening and diagnostic services play in certain cancer diagnoses. 

Potential Types of Cancer Associated with Abdominal Surgery

As mentioned, Princess Kate’s cancer diagnosis has not yet been released, however, Dr. Ackerman suggested several options as to what it may be. Women in their 40s needing to undergo abdominal surgery often need gallbladder surgery, appendiceal surgery, or surgery to remove ovarian cysts. It’s important to note that Princess Kate was unaware of her cancer prior to surgery. 

Risk of Cancer and Age 

The risk of cancer increases with age; however, there is still a risk of cancer in younger individuals. While it is more common to see cancer in the older population, women in their 40s can be likely to develop ovarian cancer more frequently than colorectal, liver, or pancreatic cancer. 

Challenges in Cancer Diagnosis Among Younger Individuals 

Diagnosing cancer in younger individuals poses unique challenges due to lower overall incidence rates and atypical symptom presentation. While cancer screening is recommended across all age groups, in instances such as Princess Kate’s, it is beneficial to catch cancer incidentally as the cancer may be present in an earlier stage when no direct signs or symptoms are present. 

Types of Screening for Cancers Associated with Abdominal Surgery 

Colonoscopy: This screening is recommended annually for individuals aged 40 and older for the early detection of colorectal cancer. It examines the colon and rectum for abnormalities such as polyps or tumors.  

Gynecological Exam: Examinations for ovarian cancer may include a gynecological exam. If any abnormalities are detected, a CA-125 Blood Test may be conducted. This test measures the levels of CA-125, a protein often elevated in ovarian cancer. It may be recommended for women with a high risk of ovarian cancer or those with a family history of the disease. 

While discussing the screenings for abdominal cancers, Dr. Ackerman also highlighted the importance of screening for breast cancer for women in their 40s. Mammograms are recommended every year beginning at age 40, and before this, self-exams are highly important. 


Dr. Scot Ackerman’s insights shed light on Princess Kate’s recent cancer diagnosis announcement following abdominal surgery. While the specific type of cancer remains undisclosed, the discussion of potential cancers associated with such procedures emphasizes the importance of screenings for individuals, especially women in their 40s. Princess Kate’s situation serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive healthcare measures, including routine screenings and awareness of potential cancer risks, even among younger demographics. 


To view the full interview segment, click the link below  

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