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Kessel teams up with Cigna for cancer awareness commercial

Diagnosed as a rookie, Penguins forward stresses preventive care

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Phil Kessel recalled one of the scariest moments of his life as part of a new cancer awareness campaign with health services organization Cigna.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, recalled his battle with testicular cancer back during his rookie season with the Boston Bruins. He was just 19 years old.

Tweet from @PKessel81: My battle with cancer has made teaming up with @Cigna even more meaningful to me. Don���t forget your annual check-up. #Hockeyfightscancer pic.twitter.com/dyHnEBhd70

In the emotional spot, Kessel explains that he simply noticed a bump while in the shower and went to the doctor to get it checked out. Turns out, that visit may very well have saved his life.

Detection and prevention are keys in cancer treatment.

"If I never visited the doctor, you never know what would've happened," Kessel said in the ad. "Preventive care is huge."

Kessel tweeted the video Monday, along with the hashtag #Hockeyfightscancer, the name of the NHL's endeavor each November to raise money to support local and national cancer research institutions and promote awareness.

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