Veteran weather forecaster Al Roker announced during Friday’s episode of Today that he has prostate cancer.
The 66-year-old will take time off from the morning news program in order to undergo surgery to remove his prostate at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and to recover.
Roker had a physical on Sept. 29 and that’s when elevated levels of a prostate-specific antigen were detected. He underwent an MRI and a biopsy before he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“After a routine check-up in September, turns out I have prostate cancer,” Roker said, reports Page Six. “And it’s a good news-bad news kind of thing. The 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 expects to return to the NBC morning program in about two weeks and has a positive attitude about his condition and is taking a “wait and see” approach. “I don’t want people thinking, ‘Poor Al’ because I’m going to be OK,” he said.