King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace confirms

By Alma Fabiani

Published Feb 5, 2024 at 06:15 PM

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Buckingham Palace has just revealed that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and commenced treatment today, Monday 5 February 2024. This announcement comes after the King was treated in the hospital for a benign enlarged prostate, during which another concern was discovered leading to this diagnosis.

The specific type of cancer King Charles III is facing has not been disclosed by Buckingham Palace. However, the Palace’s statement emphasised the proactive measures taken following the discovery. “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,” the statement read.

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As a result of this diagnosis, King Charles III, aged 75, has been advised by his medical team to postpone public-facing duties for the time being. Nonetheless, he will continue to carry out state business and handle official paperwork as usual. The Palace highlighted the King’s positive outlook towards his treatment and his eagerness to resume full public duties at the earliest opportunity.

In sharing news of his diagnosis, His Majesty aims to prevent speculation and hopes to contribute to the broader public understanding of cancer, recognising the impact it has on individuals worldwide. “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,” the Palace further stated.

The royal family and supporters worldwide have rallied around King Charles III, expressing their support and well-wishes as he undergoes treatment. The announcement has also already sparked a broader conversation about cancer awareness and the importance of regular health screenings.

As the King steps back from public appearances to focus on his health, the nation and admirers from across the globe await further updates on his condition and recovery progress.

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