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King’s cancer diagnosis sets an important example for others to get checked, says RSM President

The President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Roger Kirby, has told media outlets His Majesty The King speaking publicly about his cancer diagnosis has raised awareness about the importance of getting checked early for cancer. 

Leading urologist and retired prostate surgeon Professor Kirby told Sky News that early detection is "the name of the game" with cancer, referencing the detection of the King’s cancer through separate enlarged prostate treatment as a positive sign. "Had he not come into the London Clinic for the prostate operation, this probably wouldn't have been detected. I think this is something that we can be pleased about rather than dismayed about." 

He went on to say that the announcement that the King would be calling off public-facing duties was well-advised, as he usually encourages patients to rest for four to six weeks following prostate treatment. 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he highlighted how the decision to go public with the diagnosis has “raised awareness globally that men in their 70s are liable to get cancer”, telling viewers that “the answer is: get checked. The sooner you get diagnosed with a cancer, the better the outcomes.” 

Being interviewed alongside UK newspaper editors and speaking with presenters Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, Professor Kirby discussed the diagnostic tests clinicians would likely have run on King Charles as part of his treatment for an enlarged prostate, which led to the discovery of the cancer, as well as the kinds of treatments he may now undergo such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. 

Dr Jay Verma, President of the RSM General Practice with Primary Care Section also praised the King for speaking out publicly and in doing so highlighting "how cancer is indiscriminate" in a BBC News article. Urging members of the public eligible for cancer screenings to make an appointment, he said: "Please don't be shy - the more information we have the better to help - hopefully - rule out cancer or, if not, put you on the most suitable treatment pathway." 

The Royal Society of Medicine wishes The King all the best for his treatment and a full recovery. 

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