The beloved weather house said it was discovered after a routine medical examination in September.
“It’s some kind of good news – a bad kind of news,” he said. “The good news is we caught it early. Not the good news is it’s a bit aggressive, so I’ll take a moment to sort this out.”
Roker said he wants to make his illness public because 1 out of every 9 men is diagnosed with it in their lifetime “but for African-American men that number is 1 in 7 and is fatal than.”
“So if you catch it early this is a truly treatable disease and that’s why I want to take you on my journey so we can all learn together. how to educate and protect the men in his life, “he said.
Roker is scheduled to have surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. Vincent Laudone is his surgeon and said the cancer “seems limited or limited to the prostate gland”; but the decision to remove the prostate gland was very drastic.
Roker said his wife, journalist Deborah Roberts, was his strongest supporter and then added that he did not want people to feel sorry for him.
Roker’s colleagues gathered around him on Friday and he says he feels optimistic about his fight with cancer.
“We’ll just wait and see and hopefully in about two weeks I’ll be back” on “Today,” he said.