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Here’s Everything We Know About King Charles’ Health Status

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KING CHARLES III is set to undergo surgery next week to treat an enlarged prostate. Several of his forthcoming engagements, including meeting with cabinet members and foreign dignitaries in Scotland, have been canceled on medical grounds while he prepares to be admitted to hospital.

Queen Camilla has traveled to Scotland in the King’s stead, and during a visit to a gallery stated that Charles is doing “fine,” and “looking getting back to work” once he has recovered from his operation.

An official statement from Buckingham Palace explains that it is a “corrective procedure,” and it is believed that the King wanted to publicly share the details of his diagnosis in order to raise awareness of how important it is for men to monitor their own prostate health and get symptoms checked.

“In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” the statement reads. “His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”

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According to board-certified urologist Dr. Petar Bajic, “the prostate can become enlarged with age, and it can become harder for the urine to pass through. Symptoms can include weak urinary stream, night-time urination, dribbling after urination, and a stream that stops and goes.” An enlarged prostate, if left untreated, can potentially lead to more serious health problems like infection, bladder stone, or kidney issues.

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Philip Ellis is News Editor at Men’s Health, covering fitness, pop culture, sex and relationships, and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV, and he is the author of Love & Other Scams.

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