NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe urges black men to get screened for prostate cancer as he insists early detection ‘saved his life’ after he revealed he was diagnosed with the disease but is now in remission
- Shannon Sharpe revealed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer Sunday
- On Fox, the Hall of Famer said was diagnosed in 2016 but is now in remission
- On Monday, he shared a video urging black men to get screened for the cancer
- The 54-year-old was speaking as part of the Talk That Talk health campaign
- He revealed he went for early screening due to his family history with the disease
Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe has urged black men to get screened for prostate cancer after revealing he was diagnosed with the disease.
Sharpe, 54, revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but is now in remission on Fox’s pregame show on Sunday.
The eight-time Pro Bowler had prostate cancer in 2016 and fought it privately but told colleagues Sunday that early detection had saved his life.
On Monday, Sharpe shared a video to his social media with the captions ‘My Story’, encouraging men, in particular black men, to get tested.
He said: ‘Some of you may know me from playing 14 years in the National Football League, winning three Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. I’m also the 267th member of the pro football Hall of Fame. Some of you may know me from being a co-host of Skip and Shannon Undisputed.
‘But what you didn’t know is that I’m a prostate cancer survivor and thanks to early screening and early detection I was able to beat this disease. There’s a 96 percent survival rate thanks to early screening and early detection. I’m a part of that 96 percent.
Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe has urged black men to get screened for prostate cancer
The 54-year-old revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but is in remission on Fox
‘I started getting screened in my early 30s because of my family history. My dad died at the age of 39. He had two brothers that barely made it to the age of 50. And me, being unafraid, I knew it could possibly save my life. And it did.
‘Black men, I’m encouraging you with September being prostate cancer awareness month, it’s time for you to talk that talk. Go visit your doctor. It could possibly save your life.’
Sharpe spoke as part of a healthcare campaign by Janssen called Talk That Talk to address disparities in prostate cancer and encourage these conversations, especially within the Black community.
Speaking on Fox’s pregame show, Sharpe said he is ‘cancer-free right now’ and ‘feels so good’
Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Black men and they are more likely to get the cancer than other men, according to the CDC.
At the time Sharpe was asked to take part in the campaign, Janssen did not know Sharpe was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
But he said he had always wanted to tell his story and that Janssen had provided him with the perfect opportunity.
On Fox, host Curt Menefee asked Sharpe if he was cancer free ‘right now’, to which he responded: ‘I am cancer-free right now. I feel so good.’