Shannon Sharpe revealed on Fox NFL Sunday that he had prostate cancer in 2016 and fought it privately.
The eight-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens told his colleagues that the early detection “possibly saved my life,” and that he had to undergo treatment.
“I am cancer-free right now,” Sharpe, 54, said. “I feel so good.”
A few months ago, Janssen reached out to Sharpe to promote a campaign encouraging black men to get tested for prostate cancer.
“At the time, they asked me to do it, they had no idea I had been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer,” Sharpe said. “Black men, we’re two times more likely to develop prostate cancer, but there’s a 96% survival rate if screened early and detected early.
“I’m a part of that 96%.”
Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Black men, according to the CDC.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.