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Britain’s King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Britain's King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Britain’s King Charles diagnosed with cancer

LONDON: (Reuters) Britain’s King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and has started treatment, Buckingham Palace announced on Feb. 5.

The disclosure follows an earlier medical intervention for benign prostate enlargement, which led to the discovery of the secondary condition, it said in a statement.

Although the palace refrained from specifying the type of cancer afflicting the monarch, it affirmed that the diagnosis did not pertain to prostate cancer.

“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure,” the statement said.

“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.”

Charles ascended to the throne in September 2022, following the death of his long-serving mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Following are reactions to the Buckingham Palace’s announcement.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

“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.”

Opposition Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer

“On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish His Majesty all the very best for his recovery. We look forward to seeing him back to swift full health.”

US President Joe Biden

“Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage. Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying that His Majesty experiences a swift and full recovery.”

Former US President Donald Trump

“King Charles has cancer. He is a wonderful man, who I got to know well during my presidency, and we all pray that he has a fast and full recovery!”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“I, like Canadians across the country and people around the world, am thinking of His Majesty King Charles III as he undergoes treatment for cancer.”

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