Tyler Austin Talks Testicular Cancer To The Daily News

Tyler Austin Talks Testicular Cancer To The Daily News

We reported last week on Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin teaming up with the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation to create a limited-edition T-shirt to raise awareness of the disease, but now other people are following suit. The New York Daily News just sat down with him to talk about his diagnosis at the age of 17, his five-game suspension for brawling with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly, and more.

Austin talks openly about the cancer diagnosis and treatment, which thankfully went without a hitch, as well as the fear of the cancer spreading.

“The toughest part was not knowing if it had spread anywhere. That was the big thing for me at first. And then trying to make sure my family was ok. I never want to see my mom, my dad or anyone close to me upset so seeing them upset was probably the toughest part for me.”

Coming forward about testicular cancer is a tough thing to do - there’s a real payload of embarrassment attached to talking about your balls so openly. But thousands of men around the world are doing so, and kudos to Austin for leading the charge. Maybe don’t get quite so fisty with the pitchers, though. We need you on the field.

Read the whole article here.