The Today show’s Al Roker has revealed that he is battling aggressive prostate cancer and will soon undergo surgery to have his prostate removed. The 66-year-old Today show co-host and weatherman revealed the news on Friday’s morning show.
Roker noted that doctors discovered cancer following “a routine check-up in September.” He added that he was “not expecting” the diagnosis. “It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing, Good news is we caught it early. The 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 said. Roker also wanted to share his cancer diagnosis and journey publicly to urge others who might be at risk, particularly black men, to get routine check-ups.
His doctor, Dr. Vincent Laudone, joined on Today Show to further discuss Roker’s cancer and surgery. “Fortunately his 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 like surgery, radiation, focal therapy. we settled on removing the prostate.” – Laudone said.
Roker is a part of Today since 1990, he occasionally filled in for Willard Scott and Bryant Gumbel. In 1996, he was promoted to the regular weekday weather slot following Scott’s retirement.