Dailies | Matt Lauer's Prostate Is ‘Perfect,’ Al Roker's a ‘Little Enlarged, But Not Terrible’ (Video)

Matt Lauer's Prostate Is 'Perfect,' Al Roker's a 'Little Enlarged, But Not Terrible' (Video)

The “Today” show hosts underwent exams live on Thursday's program to help raise cancer prevention awareness

Matt Lauer and Al Roker underwent prostate exams live on the “Today” show Thursday.

As each was examined individually by Dr. David Samadi, the camera stayed out in the hallway as a “Seconds That Could Save Your Life” timer counted up to demonstrate how brief the life-saving screening can be. Lauer, who went first, took all of 34 seconds.

Dr. Samadi, who made a number of weird jokes during the segment, has actually been monitoring Lauer closely for five years due to a family history. Lauer's exam went very well, and his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels have stayed mostly flat: a 0.9 versus his original 0.7. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland, which is measured against a man's blood in the test.

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Next up was Roker, whose prostate was a little enlarged, but “not terrible,” Dr. Samadi said. He didn't feel any nodules or abnormality, but maintained that Roker should be monitored for changes every six months to a year. He'll be looking for any firmness developing in the future and keeping an eye on the PSA levels.

Neither “Today” show host reported that the exam hurt; at worst, it's uncomfortable for half a minute. But the real barrier for some men is a pride issue, Lauer said, “I think a lot of guys are also concerned about the embarrassment factor of it, so my advice would be find a doctor you're very comfortable with.” He added, “That embarrassment factor is not going to be an issue.”

About one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Not counting skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second most-common cause of cancer-related deaths, according to the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is not hte first time “Today” has used its platform to promote cancer prevention. In 2000, former anchor Katie Couric had a colonsopy
on air following the death of her husband in 1998. The resulting uptick in colonoscopies nationwide was dubbed “the Couric effect.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-White/695046592 Ivan White

    Back when NBC had a real news division instead of entertainment passing as news, I wonder if Chet Huntley and David Brinkley would have had their prostate condition discussed.

  • teesquare

    Matt Lauer’s Prostate Is ‘Perfect,’ Al Roker’s a ‘Little Enlarged, But Not Terrible’
    I dd not know that!! And – I wish like HELL that I STILL did not know that!!!

  • teesquare

    I have herd of “straw grasping” as a response to panic when a network sucks…But prostate fingering…? REALLY?????

  • Donald Graham

    If Al Roker would stop lettin Lauer back door his Prostate it might not be so bad

  • wile coyote

    WHAT?!!!!!! SOMEONE TALKED ABOUT ‘MEN'S’ HEALTH?!!! OMG!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!! It never ceases to amaze me. PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IS IN ‘SEPTEMBER’ and one of the biggest corporations of MEN the NFL spends a WHOLE MONTH draped in ugly, ‘PINK’ instead of supporting the main fans (MEN) WHO KEEP THE NFL IN BUSINESS!! Needless to say, I don't watch football!