Al Roker revealed on Friday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will soon have surgery to have his prostate removed.
The 66-year-old Today The show’s meteorologist made the announcement at 8 a.m., where he was joined by colleagues Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Carson Daly and Craig Melvin.
“It’s kind of good news, bad news,” Roker said. “The good news is we caught it early. That’s not good news, is that it’s a bit aggressive, so I’m going to take some time to deal with that… I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, poor Al, ‘you know, because being OK. ”
Roker was also joined by his surgeon, Dr Vincent Laudone, who gave a more detailed report on Roker’s prognosis.
“Fortunately, her cancer appears to be somewhat limited or confined to the prostate,” Laudone said. “But because it’s more aggressive, we wanted to treat it, and after discussing all the different options – surgery, radiation therapy, focal therapy – we decided to remove the prostate.
Roker has been with Today since 1990, when he occasionally replaced Willard Scott and Bryant Gumbel. In 1996, he was promoted to the regular weekday weather slot after Scott retired.
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