Weatherman Al Roker Announces He’s Been Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

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TODAY weatherman Al Roker recently revealed that he’ll soon have to undergo surgery to have his prostate removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

Fans are sending their prayers and well wishes to Roker after he revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis on TODAY. The well-known TODAY weatherman announced that he would need to take time off from the show to focus on his recovery.

Along with Roker’s announcement, he decided to discuss his diagnosis on-air hoping to educate viewers on the disease. He invited his surgeon Dr. Vincent Ladone and colleague Dr. Carol Brown to join in. Both Ladone and Brown are cancer surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where Roker will receive his surgery.

Roker said he decided to go public about his diagnosis in order to bring awareness, especially for African American men who are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer. Ladone and Brown discussed the disparities in diagnoses and deaths between Black men and their white counterparts and urged them to get their required checkups to detect the disease before it’s too late, especially since there are no symptoms in the early stages.

Although Roker fans and TODAY viewers are sad to hear the news of his prostate cancer diagnosis and leave from the show, they’re happy that he chose to be open and educate and encourage men to take their prostate health seriously. Many viewers have been sending Roker their love on social media and praying for his speedy recovery.

Roker’s diagnosis is just another reminder that we need to prioritize our health, both mental and physical, especially as we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected millions of people worldwide. We’re all hoping for a successful surgery for Roker next week and a quick return to TODAY.