A WORCESTERSHIRE doctor is encouraging people to check for signs of cancer and see their GP if they have any concerns following the news of King Charles III's diagnosis. 

The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments, with his public duties postponed. 

The statement from Buckingham Palace, released on Monday (February 5), 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.

Worcester News: KING: King Charles has been diagnosed with cancerKING: King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer (Image: PA)“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.”

Dr Neill Bramble, a clinical director for Vale of Evesham Primary Care Network and GP Partner at Riverside Surgery, said: "It is very sad to hear of King Charles's cancer diagnosis.

"He has chosen to share this diagnosis to increase awareness of cancer and the need to be aware of changes in our body which could be a sign of a cancer. 

“There are many symptoms of cancer, such as new bleeding, weight loss, and changes in the bowels.

"These should be taken seriously and raised with your GP practice, who will be happy to discuss them with you and take any steps necessary to investigate. 

"A more complete list of things to look out for are on nhs.uk and the Cancer Research website.

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“It is also important to remember that many cancers are related to smoking, excess alcohol and obesity, so we can all reduce our risk of developing cancer by staying as healthy as possible throughout our lifetimes.

“Finally, you should take part in any national screening programmes for cancer you’re eligible for, which can detect early changes associated with cervical, breast and bowel cancer.

"More information can be found on the NHS website, and if you think you have missed a screening test please discuss this with your GP reception team.

“I would like to join many others in expressing my best wishes to King Charles and the wider Royal Family during his treatment and recovery.”


Well wishers send their best to King Charles III after cancer announcement


Following the news readers sent in their messages of support to King Charles. 

Sarah Hadley said: "Get well soon your majesty. God bless."

Mary Connolly said: "Praying for King Charles that he has a speedy recovery.

"Will pray for him every day, also for Queen Camilla and all the royal family. My thoughts are with you all."

Penny Kitchener said: "God bless you for a speedy recovery. Very worrying for you and your family. My thoughts are with you."

Christine Joynes said: "All good wishes for a speedy recovery Your Majesty."

Paul Barber said he was sorry to hear about the diagnosis adding he hoped The King will  "stay strong and keep a positive outlook".