The Black Eyed Peas' Taboo Revealed He Has Cancer

Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas has revealed his secret battle with testicular cancer for the first time. The 41-year-old member of The Black Eyed Peas, real name Jaime Luis Gomez, spoke about his private health battle on cancer. As of today, he already faced 12 “aggressive” weeks of chemotherapy. As reported, the American hip hop group consisting of rappers and a singer is very supportive to what Taboo is facing right now.

Taboo Revealed He Has Cancer

"It all started with a pain in my back and abdomen," Taboo told People of his symptoms, which he initially believed to be just a flu. "I was so busy working that I wasn't worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out. The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun,” he recalled. After several tests, doctors diagnosed him with stage 2 testicular cancer in June 2014.

“My family and the group were all in shock, but instantly reached out to a great doctor who helped me figure out a treatment plan. I was racing against the clock,” Taboo explained. According to Page Six, though Taboo kept The Black Eyed Peas fan base in the dark following his diagnosis, writing and recording music helped him through this fight. He said, “I wanted to share my story and inspire others who inspired me.

Taboo told in an interview that while the odds were against him, he and his wife, Vanessa Luera, have since welcomed another child. "After I was told I was cancer-free in September 2014, my wife and I decided to try and have another child," the rapper said. "A fertility doctor said that it might be impossible, but we began trying on our own and within a month my wife was pregnant. Our daughter is a miracle baby," he added.

What Is Testicular Cancer?

According to, Testicular cancer typically develops in one or both testicles in young men, but it can occur in older men as well. It is a highly treatable and usually curable type of cancer. The exact cause of it is not known but risk factors include undescended testicle(s), congenital abnormalities and history of testicular cancer either from family history or personal history of testicular cancer in one testicle.


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