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Tom Green documented his testicular cancer battle


In March 2000, TV personality Tom Green was diagnosed with testicular cancer. In May of that year, his host network, MTV, aired a one-hour special of the Tom Green Show, following the star through treatment and even documenting the surgical removal of his right testicle. All the while, the comedian tried to see the funny side.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Green commented: “Having cancer was a very scary, shocking experience for me. But I could find the comedy in it. And I talk about it a lot in my standup. Believe it or not, testicular cancer is great for standup comedy material.

My point is, everything’s fine. I’m doing great. I’m able to do what I want to do, independently and with a sort of rawness to it that I never had before. When you get sucked into the machine, all of a sudden you’re getting dragged around by the nose and told what movie you’ve gotta do, what TV shows you gotta do, and it can be unfulfilling.“

Tom Green was particularly popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, but has since arguably faded. His abrasive humour earnt him the love of countless teenagers in the US and his fame was such that he was once even married to Drew Barrymore. Today, out of the mainstream, his web show, Tom Green’s House Tonight, is getting good ratings, according to the comedian.

Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in men between the ages of 15 and 35.

The ACS reports that the cure rate for the disease when detected early will soon reach 100%, and 90% for testicular cancer of all stages, according to Medicine Net.

World-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong is another celebrity to have survived testicular cancer.

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