The legendary “Today Show” meteorologist Al Roker spoke out on Monday in an interview with the singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson to give fans an update about his battle with prostate cancer.
“I really feel good. I was very fortunate. We caught it early. It was an aggressive form of prostate cancer, but we caught it very early,” said Roker, 66.
“I had a great surgeon from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Vincent Laudone. He feels we got it all,” Roker added, referring to the five hour surgery he underwent to remove his prostate along with some surrounding tissue and lymph nodes back in November.
Roker went on to say that he just underwent testing to check his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, which is something that he’ll keep doing every six months for the next five years.
“I’m waiting for bloodwork and once my PSA level is, like, below .05 that means there’s no prostate cancer at this moment,” explained.
Roker added that he made the decision to go public with his diagnosis to demonstrate the importance of prostate cancer screenings.
“I went public with this because — it’s a simple test, but a lot of guys, you know, we’re wimpy. We don’t like going to the doctor. And this is an easy to test to do. There’s obviously the digital exam,” said Roker as he imitated Chevy Chase singing “Moon River” during a wacky prostate cancer screening scene in the 1985 comedy Fletch.
“I just want people to get their prostate checked and especially if you’re a man of color,” he continued. “Get your prostate checked. It’s not that big a deal and it can make a big deal.”
African American men are 50% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it, according to Today.
Clarkson thanked Roker for being so open, and brought up how he recently got the COVID-19 vaccine live on the “Today” show in the hopes of encouraging others to do so as well.
“Sadly, I’m the only one on the TODAY show old enough to get the shot. I’m over 65,” Roker said. with a laugh. “I just wanted to go in there and try to show people, hey look, this is easy — if you can get (the vaccine).”
Our friend @AlRoker received the Covid vaccine live on @TODAYShow, and today he shares how you can #PlanYourVaccine! Tune in to hear more about his murder-mystery book series and an update on his prostate cancer diagnosis pic.twitter.com/ROMF8LfLrs
— The Kelly Clarkson Show (@KellyClarksonTV) February 8, 2021