Shannon Sharpe reveals he privately battled prostate cancer

Christopher Scarglato


By Christopher Scarglato
nypost.com

Shannon Sharpe revealed he privately battled prostate cancer in 2016 and is currently in remission.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer and broadcaster shared his story — one that he said he always wanted to tell but didn’t necessarily know how to bring it up — on Fox NFL Sunday.

Sharpe, 54, said Janssen’s Talk That Talk campaign, which focuses on encouraging black men into getting regular prostate cancer screenings, approached him a couple of months ago to be a spokesperson.

“At the time they asked me to do it they had no idea I had been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer,” Sharpe said. “There’s a 96 percent survival rate if screened early and detected early.

“I’m a part of that 96 percent.”

The former tight end said he had family members, including his own father, die from cancer and started getting screened in his 30s after his career.

Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe revealed he privately battled prostate cancer.
Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Sharpe added he’s still cancer-free and getting screened “possibly” saved his life.

“I don’t feel good,” Sharpe said about being cancer-free. “I feel great.”




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