You may know Phil Kessel as the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, or recall him skating with U.S. Men’s Hockey Team in Sochi this February.
What you may not know is that this hat trick-scoring hockey player is also a cancer survivor.
In 2006, as a rookie with the Boston Bruins, Phil detected a small lump in his testicle. He was concerned and approached a physician. After an exam and ultrasound, he was diagnosed with embryonal testicular cancer.
"I couldn't believe it," said Phil Kessel. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."
Phil underwent surgery and had his right testicle removed. The surgery was successful, and despite missing 11 regular-season games that year, he went on to win the Masterton Trophy.
Now, seven years later, the cancer survivor is still on the ice. Kessel is also a part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and organization that has raised over $12.8 million for research and cancer care treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada.
The easiest way to prevent testicular cancer is to perform regular self-exams. Get the instructions on our testicular cancer page.