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Will.i.am and Taboo of U.S. hip-hop act Black Eyed Peas perform to a full house at the Brixton Academy, London, Wednesday March 3, 2004. (AP Photo/John D McHugh)

'Taboo' of the 'Black Eyed Peas' has opened up about his battle with testicular cancer


Jaime "Taboo" Gomez of the Black Eyed Peas is finally opening up about his battle with testicular cancer. 

The 41-year-old told Forbes his message for other cancer patients is: "You're not alone." 

The six-time Grammy winner recently talked about his 2014 diagnosis on the talk show "The Doctors." 

"I thought about my kids. Am I going to live to see my kids grow up?" he said. 

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The rapper told PEOPLE magazine he initially thought he had the flu. 

“It all started with a pain in my back and abdomen,” Gomez told PEOPLE. “I was so busy working that I wasn’t worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out.”

After a series of tests, he was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer. 

The following day, Gomez underwent surgery to remove what he called "the mothership," or the main part of his cancer which was in his right testicle. 

From there, the rapper went through 12 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy treatments. 

Gomez told PEOPLE magazine that music is what got him through the tough times. 

"I began channeling my energy into the thing that keeps me alive and spirited: music,” he said. “I wanted to share my story and inspire others like those who had inspired me.”

Now after entering remission, Gomez has partnered with the American Cancer Society for a new campaign which is aimed at encouraging people to get tested if they notice any warning signs.

A portion of the proceeds from his new song, "The Fight," which was inspired by his battle with cancer, will benefit the American Cancer Society. 

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