Al Roker returned Monday to his role as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, just over two weeks after announcing he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and planned to undergo surgery.
Roker, 66, had surgery Nov. 9 at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to remove his prostate, according to the “Today” show. He had announced his diagnosis Nov. 6.
“I feel good, I really do,” Roker said Monday. “Usually you’re dead when you get all of this love.”
Roker said beginning in January he will get tested for prostate cancer every six months for the next five years.
“I’m a very blessed man,” Roker said.
Each year, more than 180,000 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second-most common cancer among men in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 13 out of every 100 American men will get the cancer in their lifetimes, according to estimates from the CDC.
The most common risk factor for prostate cancer is age. Black men are also more likely to get the cancer, according to the CDC.