Tour de France and that dog
You know, Armstrong had testicular cancer, right? He's had them removed. OF COURSE he's on steriods -- and how in the world would they be able to test for it?
Which brings up the question -- testicular cancer is rather rare. How did he catch it? More steroid use? Well, maybe.
July 18th, 2007 9:31am
He had one removed, so no hormones needed. And underwent chemotherapy, (taking steroids wouldn't be a very effective treatment). And you don't "catch" cancer.
Lifetime rates are about 1 in 250, so it's not so rare.
As to whether or not he took drugs? It hasn't been proved. And he certainly has very special athletic physical attributes. And after nearly dying, perhaps a burning ambition to succeed in his life...
July 18th, 2007 9:48am
So is that by testicle or man? Because it could be different by a factor of two.
July 18th, 2007 10:05am
Maybe he got cancer down there from all the pressure from years of being on a bicycle seat.
It's uncomfortable enough for me to be on a bike seat for hours - can't imagine being a guy with his equipment getting in the way.
July 18th, 2007 10:16am
An urban legend I believe, started by...
July 18th, 2007 10:19am
Why? Maybe the materials that bike seats are made of have carcinogenic properties.
July 18th, 2007 10:27am
> And you don't "catch" cancer.
huh? of course cancer can be catchable. cervical cancer is largely HPV vectored. perhaps testicular cancer isn't, but that's to be shown.
July 18th, 2007 10:35am
Which is why the occurrence of testicular cancer is so high among professional bike racers?
No, I don't really think so.
I do wonder if taking steroids does raise your risk of testicular cancer, though.
July 18th, 2007 10:35am
You don't "catch" cancer from somebody else, no. But you just keep sucking down those cigarettes and breathing that benzene, and see how long you remain cancer free.
July 18th, 2007 10:36am
> You don't "catch" cancer from somebody else, no.
Yet again this is false. See the cervical cancer as a counterexample.
Whether testicular cancer, specifically, is catchable is a different question, but negative facts ('testicular cancer is not transmittable') need to demonstrated as well.
July 18th, 2007 10:52am
Well, if you REALLY want to be pedantic, you don't 'catch' cervical cancer either. You catch the Human Papiloma Virus, and the Virus GIVES you cancer in some percentage of cases.
Personally, I don't want to be that pedantic.
In other news, did you see that video? I mean, he hit that dog so hard his front wheel bent at 90 degrees. And the dog looked like it was moving a little stiffly after the accident. Wow.
July 18th, 2007 10:57am
Whoa, that *is* pedantic. By that definition, I guess one can't catch botulism either then. :)
what's kinda neat about cancer is that (whatever the initial cause) it's a mix of Darwinism and Marxism. Each carcinomic cell says 'I have nothing to lose but these chains that bind me to the cells in this organism. I yearn to be free and selfishly reproduce as much of my gene set as possible'.
Of course testicular cancer throws in the third of the seminal 19th century thinkers (Freud).
July 18th, 2007 11:23am
Testicular cancer? It was your mother.
July 18th, 2007 2:41pm