Al Roker is out today. (Photo: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images)
Today, weatherman Al Roker is recovering from an operation to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Roker announced the diagnosis to viewers on November 6, explaining that doctors had detected the cancer early during an exam in September. He also said it was “a little aggressive” and that he had decided to remove the organ via alternatives like radiation. He has since taken time off from work.
On Thursday, Roker updated the fans and thanked them for their thoughts and good wishes. He also thanked the team at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he was treated, and his staff at 30 Rock for sending care packages.
His message appeared alongside photos with his 25-year-old wife, ABC News journalist Deborah Roberts, and their 18-year-old son Nick. (Roker also has two grown daughters.)
Even Roker’s update received affectionate responses like “You got that!” and “Get well soon Al!” They asked him to take care of himself. “You are my sunshine every weekday morning !!!” one person commented.
Over on Roberts’ Instagram, she posted a sweet message praising her husband for his “indomitable spirit.”
The 66-year-old, who joined Today in 1996, has received widespread support since speaking about his condition. He even had his doctor on to discuss his case.
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Roker said it was important for him to make his diagnosis public as so many men are affected by the disease. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also disproportionately affects black men.
“One of my main driving forces in bringing my prostate cancer diagnosis to the public is helpful education and, hopefully, saving lives,” said Roker, “especially for African-American men who are twice as likely to die from the disease.”
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