King Charles' medical timeline as Buckingham Palace confirms cancer diagnosis

Every two minutes somebody in the UK is diagnosed with cancer, ITV News Health Correspondent Rebecca Barry reports

The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer while he was undergoing a corrective procedure on his enlarged prostate, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

He has started treatment and while he has postponed public-facing duties he “remains wholly positive about his treatment,” a palace statement said.

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed the type of cancer the King has been diagnosed with but ITV News understands it is not prostate cancer.

The announcement comes after the King disclosed details of his enlarged prostate diagnosis to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with public health advice.

Here is a breakdown of the King's most recent medical announcements:

January 17 - King Charles announced he would receive treatment for an enlarged prostate after the benign condition was discovered.

January 19 - The King flies back from Scotland with the Queen and heads to his Sandringham estate in Norfolk to rest ahead of the procedure.

January 23 - Camilla urges the King to take it easy. An insider said: “The Queen has told him he needs to slow down a bit.”

January 25 - The King carried out behind the scenes official duties, meeting academics from Cambridge University at Sandringham House.

January 26 - The King was admitted to The London Clinic, the same hospital that the Princess of Wales was recovering in after abdominal surgery for a corrective procedure.

The Queen visited the King a number of times during his stay at the London Clinic. Credit: PA

January 29 - After three days in hospital recovering from his surgery and a number of visits from the Queen, King Charles left hospital.

January 31 - Camilla says the King is “getting on, doing his best” as she opened a Maggie’s cancer support centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

February 4 - The King and Queen attend church in Sandringham, with Charles waving at well-wishers.

February 5 - Buckingham Palace announced the King has a form of cancer that was discovered during his time in hospital.

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