King Charles thanks public for support after cancer diagnosis
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King Charles III has expressed his “heartfelt thanks” for messages of support from the public, in his first statement since being diagnosed with cancer.
Last Monday Buckingham Palace announced the King was undergoing treatment for cancer, and had been advised by his doctors to postpone his public-facing duties.
The diagnosis comes after the King's recent hospital visit for benign prostate enlargement, during which the palace said "a separate issue of concern was noted".
In a message the 75-year-old monarch wrote: “I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.
"As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.
"It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world.
"My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience."
Senior royals - including Queen Camilla and Prince of Wales - have been taking on his duties for some events while he undergoes treatment.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he is in regular contact with the King and that he is thankful the illness was "caught early”.
Last week the mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “shocked” to hear about the King’s diagnosis saying all Londoners had him in their thoughts and prayers.
Speaking at an event on Tuesday he told LondonWorld: “The reason I think he’s incredibly brave and I welcome him sharing his news is that it will encourage others to get checked up with their doctors.
“We know from medical research but also anecdotal evidence that cancer is too prevalent in society. But also early detection and early diagnosis can save lives. I would encourage anyone who is concerned about their own health to get checked up.
“If you’re above a certain age man or woman you should be checked up regularly. I wish him all the best and the sooner he returns to full health the better.”