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King Charles III undergoes scheduled surgery for enlarged prostate

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King Charles III of Britain has been admitted to a London hospital for scheduled surgery, a week after the palace revealed he had an enlarged prostate, which was confirmed to be benign.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying, “The king was this morning admitted to a London hospital for scheduled treatment. His Majesty would like to thank all those who have sent their good wishes over the past week and is delighted to learn that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness.”

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Last week, royal officials shared the news of the 75-year-old monarch’s enlarged prostate, breaking the tradition of keeping such health matters private.

The statement mentioned that King Charles III wanted to share his diagnosis to encourage other men experiencing similar symptoms to consult their doctors.

The surgery comes after a similar announcement about Catherine, Princess of Wales, Charles’s daughter-in-law, who underwent successful abdominal surgery for an unspecified condition. Kate, married to Prince William, is expected to take up to two weeks for recuperation.

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British media reported that King Charles III is being treated at the same clinic as Kate, and it is understood that he visited her there before his scheduled surgery.

The king, known for his commitment to openness about health matters, received the diagnosis after experiencing symptoms and undergoing a check-up.

His second wife, Queen Camilla, reassured the public about his health, stating last week that Charles was “fine” and looking forward to resuming work after canceling some engagements.

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This level of transparency stands in contrast to the past practices of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II, Charles’s mother, experienced declining health, but official statements attributed it to “episodic mobility problems.”

In contrast, the new approach is seen as a break with tradition and has led to increased awareness, with internet searches for “enlarged prostate” surging on the National Health Service website.

Prostate Cancer UK reported a more than 100 percent increase in people using its online risk checker following the announcement.

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