What was supposed to be a funny post about a guy friend who tried out a pregnancy test for laughs might have helped catch a form of cancer early in its tracks.
Five days ago, a woman going by the Reddit handle “CappnPoopdeck” posted a comic in which she laughed at a friend who decided to pee on a pregnancy test stick that had been left in his bathroom medicine cabinet by an ex-girlfriend. To his surprise, the test came back positive.
“I’m pregnant,” the man’s caricature marvelled.
But within hours, readers started leaving comments that the friend might want to get checked for testicular cancer.
The reason for their concern is that pregnancy tests look for levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. A few of the commenters pointed “CappnPoopdeck” to a Wikipedia entry that noted that while hCG is a hormone that’s released by a developing placenta, a form of it is also secreted by some cancer tumours, including those of testicular cancer.
Others agreed and urged the man to get tested.
"You may have testicular cancer! Get to an oncologist, tell them you took a pregnancy test and it came out positive," a Redditor wrote.
“Go check yourself, reasons for human corionic gonadotropin in male's urine is ussualy testicular cancer (sic),” wrote another.
“CappnPoopdeck” responded quickly to the responses.
“Whoa.. just saw all the cancer comments... It was my friend that did the test, I just made the comic for him.. but I am letting him know to test himself for cancer immediately. Thank you for letting me know guys, we may have dodged a bullet here!” she wrote.
The man went to a see a doctor on Monday. On Tuesday, “CappnPoopdeck” posted a new comic that revealed her friend’s doctor had in fact found a small tumour in the man’s right testicle.
“Since it was caught early, it can be treated immediately,” she wrote.
Originally posted by VforVendettea
reply to post by Skywatcher2011
Oooh better tell the right to lifers that if they get treated they are murderers just as much as if they had an abortion.
Those cancer cells are just as alive as an unborn baby, (to parrot the stupid repubs- It's Gods will that they got cancer)