Britain's King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Buckingham Palace in Britain says King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, and will postpone his public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment.

Charles, who is 75, was hospitalized in late January to undergo a procedure for benign prostate enlargement.
He was released three days later.

But Buckingham Palace says a separate issue of concern was noted during the period, and tests have identified cancer.

The palace has not revealed the type or stage of the disease, except that it is not prostate cancer. It says King Charles began receiving treatment as an outpatient in London on Monday.

Doctors are said to have advised him to postpone duties that involve going in front of the public.

Buckingham Palace says in its statement that the king is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

It says the king "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 was crowned following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, in September 2022. At the age of 73, he was the oldest to assume the throne in British history.

British media say the king's younger son, Prince Harry, will be traveling from the United States to see his father in the coming days.
The prince has had a strained relationship with the palace since stepping down from his royal duties in 2020. He now lives in the US with his wife.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wished Charles a full and speedy recovery. In a social media post, Sunak wrote, "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."

In London, a man in his 30s said he wishes the best for King Charles, and hopes the doctors can help him out.

A woman in her 60s said she has compassion for Charles as he has only recently been crowned and she was looking forward to a long reign. She said she'll wait to hear what the palace has to say about the king's condition.

A man who moved to the UK from Sweden 10 years ago expressed shock at the news, but said he hopes Charles will be fine.