Taboo From the Black Eyed Peas Had Testicular Cancer

Jaime “Taboo” Gomez of the Black Eyed Peas recently shared his experience with testicular cancer. The 41-year-old was diagnosed when he was 38 years old, and he wants those that are going through similar experiences, that they’re not alone.

It all started with some pain in his back, on the right side of his body. He was very tired and almost felt like he had the flu, but since the symptoms and pain worsened he decided to go to the emergency room where they found he had cancer.

“I was in good shape,” he said to Forbes. “I ate healthy foods, worked out, and even with all that healthy living, it happened.” Taboo had surgery to remove the cancerous tumor from his right testicle and he also underwent chemotherapy since it had spread to the lymph nodes outside of the scrotal area.

Cancer is something that consumes your life and in order to help spread awareness, he’s decided to help others affected by cancer. He even released a song called “The Fight,” from which the American Cancer Society will receive approximately 70% of the purchase price. He’s a Global Ambassador for the ACS and even performed at the ACS Relay for Life last year.