King Charles reveals prostate health diagnosis

Jan 2024

Visits to the UK NHS website’s prostate enlargement page were up by more than 1000% after it was announced King Charles was suffering from, and would receive treatment for, a benign enlarged prostate.

The health service’s website page on the illness received more than 11 times as many visits on the day the royal news was revealed, compared to the day before.  

NHS England said that there were 16,410 visits to the page that Wednesday – an average of one visit every five seconds compared to 1,414 visits on the Tuesday.

While King Charles does not have prostate cancer, news of his diagnosis has also prompted thousands of men to check their symptoms as well. 

On Wednesday, Prostate Cancer UK’s online risk checker was up by over 97% – increasing from in the same time last week 3,280 to 6,478 in the past 24 hours.

It is understood King Charles (75), was keen to share his diagnosis, in order to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with health advice.

One in every three men over the age of 50 will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate including needing to visit the toilet more frequently, with more urgency and have difficulty emptying their bladder.

Buckingham Palace said King Charles’ condition was benign and he would be having a “corrective procedure”.

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