Al Roker, the long-time weatherman and co-host for NBC’s morning staple “The Today Show,” was back in studio Monday, two weeks after surgery to remove a cancerous prostate.
“Great medical care and the love of friends and family — it goes a long way,” Roker said early in the show.
Roker, 66, announced on Nov. 6 that he had prostate cancer. He said he wanted to be out front about his cancer diagnosis to help others. One in seven African-American males will get prostate cancer, with one in nine men overall. Men need to be tested after 40, Roker said.
He said during the Nov. 6 episode: “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.”
Later in Monday’s show, co-host Savannah Guthrie also took note that the Today gang, “we’re all together. …And we can be happy because our Al has returned to studio 1A.”
Al Roker Kept His Fans In The Loop While He Was Recuperating
Roker kept his fans in the loop, post surgery and as he recuperated.
Within days of surgery, Roker was back walking for exercise. On Nov. 17, he got the report that said there was no cancer in his system.
“It was this great relief,” Roker told Today. “For a first start, this is terrific news. I’m going to be up for — and a lot of people who live with cancer — up for lifelong testing to make sure this doesn’t come back.”
Roker said he would be retested in January, then after that, every six months.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends Black men talk to their doctor about screening for prostate cancer at age 40. Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society says to discuss screenings at age 45 for Black men and men who have had a close relative, a father or brother, test positive for prostate cancer before 65. African Americans and men who have had a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before 65. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says all men ages 55-69 talk to their doctors about being screened.