With a shared talent and love for baseball, Ken Griffey Jr. and his dad, Ken Griffey Sr., have always been close. They were even teammates at one legendary point. Despite their closeness, the father and son baseball greats learned after Ken Sr.’s prostate cancer diagnosis in 2006 that there were still some things they were uncomfortable sharing.
“We’ve worked to change that,” Ken Jr. shared in a recent tag team interview with BlackDoctor.org and his dad. “Now, we are much more open with each other about our health, even when it’s “below-the-belt.” It’s not just for my dad. I have my own kids, and I want to be here for them for the long haul.”
Ken Griffey Sr., former Cincinnati Reds outfielder and three-time All-Star who won two World Series titles with the Reds, knew prostate cancer, the second most common cancer among men in the U.S., ran in his family. It took the lives of four of his uncles. Ken Sr.’s mother always talked to her sons about paying attention to the possibility of prostate cancer and they knew it was something they had to take seriously, he says.
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