Nathaniel Perry Solder, (27), an American football offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, revealed he was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year ago.
Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer during a standard offseason physical workout program. He complained of pain around his testicle and doctors recommended an ultrasound. Three days later, he had surgery to remove his testicle.
Solder was hesitant to be portrayed as overcoming cancer. He played every game in 2014 while he was recovering. He revealed the disease to create awareness because April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.
"I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise. You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, I'm not going to freak out about this. Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn't have checked it," said, Solder.
According to the American Cancer Society, almost half of all cases of testicular cancer are in men between the ages of 20 and 34. About one in 263 men will develop testicular cancer.
"The biggest thing is letting people know and giving them the information. And maybe giving people some courage that if they are in a situation like I was, maybe they would go and say something, and that could make a difference," said Solder.