Sadiq Khan urges Londoners to ‘get checked up’ as King Charles ‘bravely’ reveals cancer diagnosis

Buckingham Palace said King Charles III "remains wholly positive about his treatment" following his cancer diagnosis.
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Sadiq Khan is urging Londoners concerned about their health to get checked up as he praised King Charles for "bravely" revealing his cancer diagnosis.

On Monday evening, Buckingham Palace said the King is undergoing treatment for cancer, and has been advised by his doctors to postpone his public-facing duties.

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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".

Speaking at an event on Tuesday, the mayor said he was “shocked” to hear about the King’s diagnosis saying all Londoners had him in their thoughts and prayers.

“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,” the mayor told LondonWorld.

“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.

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“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.”

The mayor of London with King Charles IIIThe mayor of London with King Charles III
The mayor of London with King Charles III

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he is in regular contact with the King and that he is thankful the illness was "caught early”.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.

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"Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake state business and official paperwork as usual.

"The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. 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."

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