Al Roker has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 66-year-old Today show co-host and weatherman revealed the news on Friday's morning show.
Roker noted that doctors discovered the cancer following "a routine check-up in September." He added that he was "not expecting" the diagnosis.
"It's a good news-bad news kind of thing," Roker said. "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."
The longtime morning show staple opened up about his decision to take viewers along with him on his cancer journey, saying, "I decided I wanted to go public with this because one in nine men are going to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but for African American men it's one in seven and it's more deadly."