SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - According to the American Cancer Society, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15 to 34.
Jason Greenspan said he was getting ready for prom when he got an itch that changed his life.
“I never thought I’d hear the words, ‘you have cancer,’” Greenspan said.
He was just 18 years old when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He’s among 8,430 others who are diagnosed with the disease every year.
“The first week I went to chemo every day it was for about four hours a day, and I had to get pricked many times,” Greenspan said. “Unfortunately, the end was pretty bad.”
Greenspan said he had an invasive surgery and went through three months of chemo, but after a six month battle, he was a cancer survivor.
“It was two days before Thanksgiving, so I was really thankful that year,” Greenspan said.
However, with nearly 400 others losing their battle every year, Greenspan said it wasn’t enough for him to just talk about his experience. As a result, he created the fundraiser, “STAMP OUT CANCER Now!” which has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research by selling bracelets and squish pennies at $3 a piece.
“I wanted to raise awareness because I wanted people to not have the same fear that I had to go through,” Greenspan said.
According to the American Cancer Society, catching the disease sooner rather than later is key. Greenspan said checking yourself for any irregularities could also save a life.
“You know your body more than anyone, so you will know if something is wrong,” Greenspan said.
The causes of testicular cancer are unknown, but according to the American Cancer Society, those who have a family history with the disease could be at a higher risk of developing it.