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Natasha Dye - September 2022
NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2016, right before he was supposed to start his dream job as a co-host on FS1. In a recent interview, Sharpe said, "I didn't want this opportunity to go away because I wanted to show that athletes could do more than talk about their best sports. I felt that there were a lot of people counting on me to be able to go fulfill this obligation that I had been given."
"Only four people knew at the time – my brother and sister and my girlfriend at the time. I didn't tell my mom, I didn't tell my kids. I didn't tell anybody. The last thing I need you to do is worry about something that you can't control. You worrying is going to make me worry and that wasn't going to help our situation"
Sharpe is now partnering with Janssen Oncology's Talk That Talk that is pushing for prostate cancer screenings to eradicate health inequity in prostate cancer. Studies show black men are two times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. "What I want to do now is break down the stigma – do not be afraid to go to the doctor. We need to give Black people more access to healthcare, and then once we get better access to healthcare, don't be afraid to go use it. Do not be afraid to just ask questions of your doctor. Do not be afraid to get screened because it could save your life. Now they mentioned there's a 96% survival rate if you get screened and it gets detected early. I'm a part of that 96%. See, I can speak this. I'm not a paid actor. I lived this. I've been there. I can tell you that this could save your life. Saved my life. I'm living proof."
Read more of Sharpe's story here.
Original source: people.com