Beloved TODAY show co-host Al Roker made the announcement this morning that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The weatherman and co-host of the very popular TODAY show said that he will be undergoing surgery next week to have his prostate removed. The 66 year old said he wanted to share this with the public in hopes that if might help others.

Prostate cancer, if diagnosed  early, is a very treatable disease. Roker said that he got his prostate cancer diagnosis from his doctor during a routine exam. When he heard the word cancer come from his doctor's mouth, Roker said his mind "went to the next level."

The Doctor who is going to preform the surgery was on TODAY this morning and discussed the severity of Roker's cancer diagnosis.

"Fortunately his cancer appears somewhat limited or confined to the prostate, but because it's more aggressive, we wanted to treat it, and after discussion regarding all of the different options — surgery, radiation, focal therapy — we settled on removing the prostate," Laudone said on TODAY.

Roker will be undergoing the surgery next week at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  The TODAY show co-host wanted to go public with his cancer diagnosis in order to help other men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  This is his way of taking others along on this journey and hoping to educate others about the cancer and early diagnosis.

The 66 year old said that when he was given the diagnosis he was alone. In hindsight he wished that he had asked his wife, reporter Debra Roberts, to go along with him.  It's not the kind of news you want to get when you are alone.

The Today Show.com has more on this.

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