“Today” show meteorologist Al Roker announced Friday that he has prostate cancer.
He said he’ll undergo surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City next week to have his prostate removed.
"It's a good news-bad news kind of thing," Roker said. "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."
The host revealed that he is hopeful that he will return to the show "in about two weeks."
Dr. Vincent Laudone, who will perform the procedure, said that "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 — surgery, radiation, focal therapy — we settled on removing the prostate."
Roker chose to share his diagnosis publicly to urge others to get regular checkups, particularly Black men. "The problem for African 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," he said.