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King Charles Has Been Diagnosed With Cancer

Buckingham Palace did not disclose the type of cancer or stage, only saying it was not prostate cancer.

75-year-old King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement on Monday Feb. 5.

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Britain’s King Charles III attends the presentation of Addresses by both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, inside the Palace of Westminster, central London. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The palace did not specify the type of cancer- which was discovered during his treatment for an enlarged prostate in January – but said it is not prostate cancer.

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King Charles III with Queen Camilla leaves The London Clinic in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The King has postponed public duties and started regular treatments on Monday, but will continue his daily duties including paperwork and holding weekly meetings with the prime minister.

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Britain’s King Charles III smiles as he meets guests after a ceremony to present the new standards and colours to the Royal Navy, the Life Guards of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” the statement said.

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King Charles III leaves The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

“He 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,” it added.

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla, accompanied by The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams, attend the Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

King Charles also went public about his health problem as a way to raise people’s awareness and encourage men to a regular prostate checks, it said.

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King Charles III attends The Braemar Gathering 2023 at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, Scotland. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

He has also shared the news personally with both his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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This handout photo provided by Buckingham Palace shows King Charles III during the state tour of Francein London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein – Handout/Getty Images)

Prince Harry, who lives in the US, has just arrived alone in the UK after King Charles informed both his sons personally about his diagnosis.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told BBC that he was “shocked and sad” but was relieved the King’s cancer was “caught early”.

King Charles assumed the throne in September 2022 after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 and was officially crowned in May 2023.

The two-hour coronation on Saturday May 6 was the UK’s first in 70 years.

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