As part of raising awareness for men’s health issues in the month of “Movember,” “Today Show” anchors Al Roker and Matt Lauer got prostate exams as part of a segment for the show — one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. It is the second-most common cancer in men.
Before getting his rectal exam, Roker talks about how African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer and it’s something they should be aware of. The doctor also says Roker should be monitored because his prostate is slightly enlarged.
While getting his blood drawn, Roker says to the camera, “I feel a certain sense of relief, if you will. It really is all about knowing.”
Around 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Symptoms may include difficulty urinating, frequent urination at night and weak or interrupted flow of urine. The two tests performed to screen for the cancer are a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.