ROCKFORD (WIFR) --There's more than 800,00 new cases of cancer among men so far this year. That's according to the American Cancer Society. While some of people may not like a trip to the doctor, a few cancer survivors say one appointment changed their lives.
"I made it through."
For 20 year-old Collin Severing, his fun loving college life quickly turned into chemo sessions. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year forcing him to leave Eastern Illinois University and move back home to Rockford.
"When you're 20 like me, you just think you're invincible and then all of a sudden you find out you have cancer and it just kind of puts a whole new spin on life," said Collin.
"Just the thought of going through the rest of my life with out him, i just couldn't do it," said Collin's dad.
Collin's now in remission after about 6 months of chemo and surgery.
He's one of dozens of survivors participating in the Annual Bow Tie 5K run and march in Rockford. The goal is to motivate men to get to the doctor.
"I had a little nodule under my arm for 20 years and they said it was a cist, don't worry about it."
70 year-old Lee Arnold was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in a underarm sweat gland in 2007. He's one of less than 50 cases in the U.S.
"About three weeks ago they pronounced me cured."
Arnold believes many guys can be survivors by paying attention to their health.
"Get the checkups anything that you can because if they catch it early enough it can be cured. Cancer is curable you don't need to be a victim," said Arnold.
Former Baltimore Ravens player Sean Considine was honorary chair at this year's Bow Tie Run.
Some men are part of the Men's Cancer Support Group at Healing Pathways. They say meeting other survivors has helped them through their surgeries and chemo sessions.