This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," July 25, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
JAMIE COLBY, FOX NEWS HOST: He is a seven time Tour de France winner, a cancer survivor, and, tonight, Lance Armstrong goes "On the Record." Earlier Greta spoke with him in Washington.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: What brings you here? We see this big sign, but why don't you tell us what brings you here?
LANCE ARMSTRONG: We, between my foundation and Dr. Carmona and the four previous Surgeons General, came together to create the National Call to Action, which specifically revolves in and around cancer prevention and survivorship.
When you think about the Surgeon General, in my mind, and I think in most people's minds, you think that's America's doctor.
So it is a very powerful group with their input. And you see all the collaborators coming together and really laying out a game plan for our country and how we can prevent the disease. That is one of the key elements. And, ultimately, how we can go on and live health and fruitful lives and have a high quality of life post-disease.
VAN SUSTEREN: We want to be able to prevent it, to cure it, and, also, we want to make it a survival thing. So there are three elements.
Unbelievable names. A person from my alma mater is on here--the Badgers.
ARMSTRONG: The Badgers. I don't think they did very much, but we knew you were coming through.
VAN SUSTEREN: So you put that on for me.
ARMSTRONG: And the other component, which is probably not-is access to care. So regardless of who you are in this country, what income bracket you're in, the color of your skin, the language you speak, you have the highest quality of healthcare for all of us.
That is an ethical and moral issue, it's something we have to address that's fair for all of us.
VAN SUSTEREN: And cancer does not discriminate. It is happy to get anybody. Rich, poor, where you are from--
ARMSTRONG: Republican, Democrat-it doesn't care. It's doesn't play politics, it doesn't play sports.
The disease and the cell itself is very ruthless and relentless. It's a tough enemy. But with stuff like this, on the eve of a new administration, we have to hope that we refocus our attention and priorities.
VAN SUSTEREN: We all have a fear of that, but especially those who have cancer, they look up to you, and you are a huge inspiration. How do you tell them not to be scared?
ARMSTRONG: I think it is pretty normal and natural to be scared. I was scared. You are scared of the day you are diagnosed, you are scared before the surgery, you are scared before you start chemotherapy. If you've been six months into chemotherapy, you are scared of that. I think that is natural.
The most important thing is to be an active patient. Involve yourself in the treatment. Know what is going on. Have some sense of what you are talking about with your doctor. If you are looking at scans or tumor markers or blood work, have some sense of what you're talking about so you know if you are winning this fight or potentially not.
So I found comfort in that. And they made it a little bit like a sport, made it a competitive issue.
But, at the end of the day, I had amazing friends and family, doctors and nurses around me that constantly supported me. And I think that you cannot say enough about that.
VAN SUSTEREN: Some questions. How many bicycles and do you own?
ARMSTRONG: A lot. I do not know.
VAN SUSTEREN: More than 10?
ARMSTRONG: Yes. I actually did buy one of them. Most of them I didn't buy.
VAN SUSTEREN: But you possess more than 10. They are Lance Armstrong bicycles.
VAN SUSTEREN: Ever have a Schwinn or Huffy?
ARMSTRONG: My first bike was a Schwinn. I probably did have a Huffy too at some point.
VAN SUSTEREN: What about the banana seat and the high handle bars?
ARMSTRONG: No. That was before my time, Greta. I am not that old.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well on that note we are going to end this interview, end it right there. Lance-
ARMSTRONG: You were asking me about the ice-bowl.
VAN SUSTEREN: The Dallas Cowboy's ice-bowl. He is a Dallas Comboy fan, but-
ARMSTRONG: She's a Packers fan, so this interview almost did not happen.
VAN SUSTEREN: Anyway, thank you Lance. And I hope that people pay a lot of attention. Thank you very much.
ARMSTRONG: Thank you.
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