NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharp was diagnosed with prostate cancer but is now in remission. Sharp spoke about the diagnosis on a Fox pregame show and said the early detection may have saved his life.
Sharpe, 54, said Janssen approached him with a request part of the campaign encourage men, especially black men, to get screened for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in black men.
At the time Sharpe was asked to take part in the campaign, Janssen was unaware that Sharpe had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Sharp said he always wanted to share his story, and Janssen’s conversion gave him the perfect opportunity to tell people about his experience.
Sharp explained that his father and other family members had died of cancer, so Sharp felt he needed to get tested as soon as possible. He began getting screened for prostate cancer when he retired from the NFL. Sharpe said, taking the initiative, “Probably saved my life.”
Before the interview ended, Fox host Kurt Menefee asked Sharpe if he was cancer-free “right now”. Sharpe replied, “Now I don’t have cancer. I feel so good.”