King Charles said the British “are just not good at talking about health problems in the more private parts of their bodies” when he opened up on bowel cancer fears back in 2020
King Charles has previously spoken about his fears around bowel cancer – which he says is the “cancer we as Brits don’t like to talk about”.
The King, back when he was Prince Charles in October 2020, said the British “are just not good at talking about health problems in the more private parts of their bodies” adding that he is certain this is causing people to die unnecessarily.
The monarch revealed on Monday night (February 5) that he has been diagnosed with a form of cancer himself. It has not been confirmed what type of cancer the King has, but it was discovered by medics after he was last month diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and spent three days in hospital after undergoing a medical procedure for the benign condition. It was during this intervention that doctors spotted an issue and he was subsequently diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Back in 2020, the King was promoting Loud Tie Day, to encourage people to talk about bowel cancer. He said: “Most of us, if we think about it, know someone who has had bowel cancer or died from it. Through my work with Macmillan Cancer Relief and Marie Curie Cancer Care, I have met countless people afflicted with bowel cancer.
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“This year, well over 30,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease and a significant portion – about 18,500 people – will die. Yet bowel cancer is one of the most curable, most preventable cancers, if caught early enough. We could – and should – be saving several thousands of lives a year, many of them younger people with families, with jobs, with untold contributions to make to the communities in which they live. Of course, most people who get cancer are older and bowel cancer is no exception.”
He added: “One of the problems, I’m sure, is that the British are just not good at talking about health problems in the more private parts of their bodies. But we need to recognise that our ‘polite’ nature, while often admirable, is probably a significant factor in the poor awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer – which is much easier to detect that most other cancers.
“So, if we don’t learn to talk about our bowels, don’t get to know about the symptoms of this common cancer, people will – I am certain – continue to die unnecessarily.”
Today, Buckingham Palace announced that the King was beginning treatment. In a statement they 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, 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. 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.”