Al Roker’s Prostate Cancer

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Al Roker's Prostate Cancer

Diagnosis for Al Roker’s Prostate Cancer

Today show weather personality Al Roker has announced he is battling prostate cancer and will soon undergo surgery to have his prostate removed.

Roker says, “Good news is we caught it early, and I’m going to be taking some time off for the surgery and to heal afterward.”   He is expected to take an estimated 1 month away from his duties with NBC.

He was diagnosed through a routine be physical that found he had an elevated PSA through bloodwork. This was followed by an MRI and biopsy.  Although the cancer is contained to the prostate, doctors feel the best option for the best projected outcome is for removal of the prostate.

In the U.S., prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.  Roughly 1 in 9 men will get a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes.

Higher Risk Due to Age and Race

Statistics show that African American men tend to get prostate cancer at an earlier age, plus they have more aggressive prostate cancer at an earlier age.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends that African American men begin to get checked for prostate cancer at age 40, if not earlier. The PCF says this is possibly due to socioeconomic or genetic factors and continual research is in motion.

Roker will be undergoing a robotic surgical procedure to remove the prostate and seminal vesicles as well as the surrounding lymph nodes. It’s the complete physical removal of the prostate.

Surgery statistics are very favorable with minimum risk and minimum recovery, usually lasting 2 to 3 weeks.

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer occurs in a man’s prostate, which is  a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid. A man’s prostate produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Symptoms include difficulty with urination, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all.

Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly. In some of early cases, simple monitoring is recommended. Other types of prostate cancer are aggressive and require radiation, surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or other treatments.

Arizona Center for Cancer Care offers the best treatment for prostate cancer.