Lance Edward Armstrong, professional racing cyclist was born on September 18, 1971in Plano, Texas. Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion, and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.
In 1996, he was diagnosed with a metastatic testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. Doctor told Lance initially 20 to 50% chance of survival, mainly to give him hope. In fact they have thought chance of survival were almost none due to spread of disease. Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove the diseased testicle and chemotherapy. In February 1997, he was declared cancer-free.
After his recovery, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation (Livestrong Foundation) to assist other cancer survivors.
Testicular cancer is most common form of cancer in men of 15-35 years old.5 year survival rate is around 99 % for early stage testicular cancer while drops to 71 % for metastatic cancer.