A Reddit post about a man’s positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor.
The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom cabinet by an ex-girlfriend.
The strange scene was drawn out as a comic and submitted to the website Reddit, where it drew more than 1,300 comments in three days from concerned strangers.
“You may have testicular cancer! Get to an oncologist, tell them you took a pregnancy test and it came out positive,” one Redditor wrote.
Sure enough, a trip to the doctor revealed a tiny lump in the man’s right testicle, according to the Reddit thread.
How can this be true?
“It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone,” said Dr. Mark Pomerantz. “There are very few things in the body that produce beta hCG, and testicular cancer is one of them.”
Would this be an easy and cheap way to test for this condition? How come we never knew this? Fascinating!