Al Roker said Friday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and will be taking time off from the Today show to undergo treatment.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing. 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 told viewers.
The NBC News star said he will be treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
“We’ll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I’ll be back,” Roker said
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The 66-year-old weathercaster and host said his doctor discovered something was wrong during a routine checkup in September.
Roker noted that he decided to go public with his health journey to encourage others, particularly Black men, to get checkups.
“It’s a little more common than people realize,” Roker said, “so, I just decided that I wanted to go public with this because one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. But for African American men, that number is one in seven and it’s more deadly. So if you detect it early, this is a really treatable disease.”
A father of three, Roker is married to ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts. In statement on Twitter, Roberts said: “As many of you now know my hubby is battling prostate cancer. We are prayerful and hopeful he will be fine. Thanks for all the kind words, prayers and positivity.”
Listen to Al Roker discuss his cancer diagnosis below.