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8-Time U.S. Olympic Medalist Announces He Has Cancer

Nathan Adrian poses with his gold medal.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Gold medalists Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon an eight-time Olympic medalist for the United States announced he was diagnosed with cancer. Swimmer Nathan Adrian took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he went to his doctor for a flu shot and was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The good news is that doctors found the cancer early and his prognosis is good. He announced he is scheduled for surgery early next week and will update his status soon.

"Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can't always see who, or what, may be chasing you down. Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn't seem quite right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn't hurt. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer," Adrian said in a statement.

Adrian has been a staple on the United States' relay teams over the past three Olympics. He's an eight-time medalist - five of which were gold - and anchored the 4 x 100 medley relay which set a new Olympic record in 2016.

He's one of the most-accomplished U.S. swimmers not named Michael Phelps. Now he has a new foe, but all signs are positive regarding his health.