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The fight of his life. Al Roker announced on the Today show that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer on September 29.“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” the weather anchor, 66, told viewers on Friday, November 6. “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.”Al Roker Today- Advertisement – Roker said that he will undergo surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to have his prostate removed.“We’ll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I’ll be back [on Today],” he said, noting that he does not “want people thinking, ‘Oh, poor Al’ because I’m gonna be OK.”The journalist said his wife, Deborah Roberts, “was upset” when he told her that he has cancer, but she has been his biggest supporter and joins him at all of his medical appointments.- Advertisement – Dr. Vincent Laudone, who is set to perform Roker’s procedure, also appeared on Today to discuss his famous patient’s prognosis.“Fortunately, his cancer appears somewhat limited or confined to the prostate, but because it’s more aggressive, we wanted to treat it,” he said. “After [a] discussion regarding all of the different options — surgery, radiation, focal therapy — we settled on removing the prostate.”Roker has long been a champion of prostate health, having undergone an exam live on the NBC morning show in 2013. He more recently teamed up with cohost Craig Melvin and the New Jersey Devils for a 2019 PSA about the issue.The NBC News veteran has three children: Courtney, 33, Leila, 22, and Nicholas, 18.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “Once she got past that, the reporter in her kind of took over,” Roker said of the ABC News correspondent, 60. “She’s been at everything ever since.”Al Roker Broadimage/ShutterstockThe You Look So Much Better in Person author — who underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and has also had operations on his back, knee, hip and shoulder — explained that he decided to go public with his diagnosis because one in seven Black men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.“[I want to] let people know they got to get checked,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Reports reaching JOY Sports, indicate fourteen players of the Black Stars squad will make an appearance at the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which resumes public sitting on Thursday, October 16, to round up its hearing.The Commission, which is investigating the participation of the Black Stars in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will interrogate fourteen of the players of the Black Stars, who are currently in Tamale, and two other officials.A statement from the Public and Media Relations Department of the Commission, however, did not mention the invited players but sources close to the commission reveal that amongst the invitees will be captain Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew, Fatau Dauda and a few others. Also appearing will be Sabahn Quaye – Team Manager of the Black Stars, who is regarded as a key witness of some of the occurances in Brazil.Moses Parker Armah, a member of the Black Stars management committee, is also expected to make an appearance on Thursday, after deferring two earlier invitations.Armah Parker was reported to have been attacked by Sulley Muntari during the competition. It will be recalled that the commission announced that it has concluded its public hearing but may be compelled to resume if the need arises, hence the decision return on Thursday.