King Charles

has been diagnosed with



The 75-year-old monarch recently underwent a "corrective procedure" for an

enlarged prostate

and doctors noticed a "separate issue of concern" that has ultimately led to his cancer diagnosis.

A statement from Buckingham Palace reads: "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 begun a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. 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."

Charles — who ascended to the throne in 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth — is remaining "positive about his treatment" and is eager to return to his public duties "as soon as possible."

The Palace said: "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."

Charles underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate in late January.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: "The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled future public engagements to allow for a period of private recovery.

"He would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days."