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Al Roker was all smiles and waved to the cameras while doing his daily power walk in Manhattan's Central Park after recent prostate cancer surgery.
The 66-year-old weather anchor on NBC's Today announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this month.
He just returned to work following prostate cancer surgery, and he is in good spirits, but he has a word of warning for men.
"Everybody should get checked," he told Toofab.com while leaving NBC Studios on Monday. "You need to check with your doctor."
Roker, who had his prostate and nearby lymph nodes removed 2 weeks ago, said he feels great and he doesn't have a word of complaint.
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"Nothing bad," he replied when asked what the hardest part of the recovery was. "It's all good, all good."
Roker credited his surgeons and the love and support from his family and friends for helping him get through his recovery phase so quickly. Prostate surgery recovery usually takes a month before you can return to work.
"I feel really good, I really do. Usually you're dead when you get all this love," joked Roker, who prefers to receive his flowers while he's still alive.
Roker further revealed that he will have his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels checked in January, and will continue to be screened every six months for the next five years.
A PSA blood test is a specific test to detect prostate cancer. Even though Roker's prostate was surgically removed, PSA blood tests are done within the next few years after surgery to make sure there isn't a biochemical recurrence that suggests cancer involving seminal vesicles or distant lymph nodes that weren't surgically removed.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in the blood should remain undetectable for 10 years.
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Al Roker is recovering at home after undergoing surgery to remove his prostate following his cancer diagnosis.
The popular U.S. weatherman took to Twitter on Thursday to update fans on his progress, writing: "Relieved to let you all know that my #prostatecancer surgery is done and back home. A big shoutout to everyone at the #josierobertsonsurgerycenter and appreciate all the thoughts and wishes from our viewers and the wonderful care packages from my co-workers."
Roker, 66, went public with his health battle on the Today show last week, telling viewers that the cancer is "a little aggressive" so he would be "taking some time off to take care of this".
Roker wanted fans to know he is not terminally ill and his cancer has not spread to other parts of his body.
"I don't want people thinking, 'Poor Al' because I'm going to be OK," he said.
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Al Roker has left NBC's Today after a staffer tested positive for the Coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19.
Roker, 65, is one of America's best known weather forecasters. He and Craig Melvin did not appear on Monday's episode of Today after one of the staffers tested positive for the Coronavirus.
NBC learned of the staffer's positive test on Sunday night and informed the anchors. The network is trying to determine whether to cancel tapings of the show.
"Both are fine right now, they feel good, but caution is the order of the day," said co-host Savannah Guthrie on the show.
In 2002, the portly Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. Eight months later, he dropped 100 pounds.
Today is asking all employees who came in contact with the staffer to self-isolate for 14 days. Employees the show's third hour were asked to work from home.
Over 4,000 people in the U.S. are confirmed positive with 71 deaths. The average age of the people who died is 80.
President Donald Trump said the outbreak could last until August but he said he is not considering a nationwide lockdown.
The Coronavirus hysteria has reached peak levels. San Francisco's mayor has ordered a 3-week lockdown. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes for anything except doctor visits or grocery stores.
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