LONDON (AP) — It was announced Monday that King Charles III diagnosed with cancer This came as a shock to many Britons, largely because the 75-year-old monarch has been in generally good health for many years.
Royal officials did not specify what type of cancer the king had or how serious his condition was.They only say it was discovered during the king’s reign recent hospitalization Prostatic hypertrophy, but not prostate cancer.
Officials said Charles, who ascended the throne after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022, has begun a regular treatment plan and will postpone public-facing duties.
Here’s a look at Charles’ health history, from contracting COVID-19 to a series of injuries sustained from decades of playing polo and hunting:
Charles was discharged from a private hospital in London a week ago after undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate.
Officials said he was in good condition, but the king canceled the event and was urged to rest before surgery.
Enlarged prostate is common in men over 50, affecting thousands of people in the UK. This condition affects the way a person urinates and usually does not pose a serious health threat. It is not cancer and does not cause an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Palace officials said the king released details of his condition to encourage other men to follow public health advice to get their prostates checked.
Charles has contracted COVID-19 twice, but officials said he only experienced mild symptoms both times.
He was quarantining at home in Scotland in March 2020, early in the pandemic in the UK and before a vaccine was available. Although he briefly lost his sense of taste and smell, he remained in good health. Charles later spoke of the “strange, frustrating and often distressing” experience of being isolated from friends and family during lockdown.
Charles has coronavirus The second time is in February 2022. At that time he had already been vaccinated three times.
Charles was a keen polo player who suffered a series of injuries over many years of playing the sport and exercising.
In 1980, at a polo match in Windsor, he was thrown and kicked by his pony, requiring six stitches in his cheek.
In the 1990s, he broke his right arm during a polo match and injured his left knee in another match, subsequently undergoing multiple surgeries.
In 2001, while playing polo with his sons, Princes William and Harry, his horse fell him and he was knocked unconscious and taken to hospital by ambulance.
Charles also suffered various injuries from hunting accidents. In 1998 he fell off a horse and broke a rib, and in 2001 he fell again and broke a small bone in his shoulder.
In 2005, King retired after playing polo for more than 40 years.
There has long been speculation that Charles’s “sausage fingers” were swollen, with some suggesting it could be due to fluid buildup, arthritis or other conditions.
Whether the swollen fingers were due to a medical condition remains unexplained, but Charles himself has jokingly mentioned them more than once.
In a BBC documentary coronation of charlesIn the video, the king comforts his son Prince William as he struggles to fasten one of his gowns. He jokingly told William not to worry because “you don’t have sausage fingers like me.”
Charles has had other minor treatments over the years.
In 2008, he had a non-cancerous growth removed from the bridge of his nose in a minor routine surgery. In 2003, he underwent hernia surgery at a private hospital. When he was discharged from the hospital the next day, he joked to waiting reporters that “the hernia today will be gone tomorrow.”
Charles, who suffers from degenerative disc herniation at the base of his spine, also spoke of his back pain. He was known to travel with cushions on his royal tours, often including a velvet cushion on his chair during state banquets at Buckingham Palace.
in his Memoir “Standby” Prince Harry writes about the exercises Charles does at home to manage his “constant” neck and back pain.