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King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer

The Palace has issued a statement

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing a treatment plan, the Palace has said.

A statement from Buckingham Palace reads: “During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

King Charles.
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“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

“His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reacted to the news of the King’s cancer diagnosis by posting on X: “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery.

“I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”

The news comes just days after the monarch was treated for an enlarged prostate.

The King was discharged from the London Clinic on 29 January after three nights receiving medical care at the hospital.

Charles underwent a corrective procedure for the benign condition and it has been reported that he could take up to a month off from public duties as he recuperates.

At the time he was discharged, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation.

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer.
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“His Majesty would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days.”

Speaking last Thursday (1 February), his wife Queen Camila said: “He’s recovering well, thank you."

Charles is understood to have wanted to share the news to encourage other men to get themselves checked.

NHS England has said the 'enlarged prostate' page on the NHS website received one visit every five seconds on the day the King’s diagnosis was announced, with further huge boosts in visits in the days that followed.

The 75-year-old has been on the throne for 16 months following the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96.

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Topics: Royal Family, UK News, King Charles III