Al Roker reveals he will undergo surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
On Friday’s broadcast of “Today,” the 66-year-old weatherman said he found out about his diagnosis after a routine medical checkup in September.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” he said on-air. “Good news is we caught it early. Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.”
Roker will undergo surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where Dr. Vincent Laudone will perform the procedure.
“We’ll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I’ll be back [on ‘Today’],” Roker continued.
Per Laudone, Roker’s “cancer appears somewhat limited or confined to the prostate, but because it’s more aggressive, we wanted to treat it, and after discussion regarding all of the different options — surgery, radiation, focal therapy — we settled on removing the prostate.”
By sharing his story, Roker hopes that others at risk — particularly Black men — will be encouraged to get regular checkups.
“The problem for Africa-American men is that any number of reasons from genetics to access to health care, and so we want to make it available and let people know they got to get checked,” Roker said.
Citing statistics, Roker says that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, “but for African-American men that number’s 1 in 7 and is more deadly.”
In a video package, Dr. Carol Brown, a cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, adds that Black men are 50 percent more likely to get prostate cancer and are twice as likely to pass away from the illness than white men.
Back in August, Roker announced that he underwent a total shoulder replacement due to his arthritis.
The television personality previously repaired the rotator cuff in his left shoulder in 2014, had a total hip replacement on his right hip in 2019, and had separate surgeries on both of his knees.
Wising Al a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!