King Charles, at 75, has been diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace announced today. The diagnosis was made during a hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, where “a separate issue of concern was noted,” according to the palace’s statement. The specific type of cancer and its stage have not been disclosed.
The palace’s statement read, “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer. His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments.” King Charles will reduce public duties for treatment but will continue state business and official paperwork.
The statement conveyed optimism about the King’s treatment: “The King is grateful to his medical team… He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.” The King shared his diagnosis to prevent speculation and help those affected by cancer.
This news comes after Charles became King following Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September 2022. The story is developing, and updates on his health are anticipated.