Pregnancy Test Kit Revealed Testicular Cancer For Canadian Man

By Staff Reporter on November 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST

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Pregnancy test (Photo: Creative Commons)

A good sense of humor can dramatically improve a person's well-being. Case in point, a peculiar story has surfaced on Reddit about a man that peed on a pregnancy test stick as a funny little gag.

Identified by the handle "CappnPoopdeck," the Reddit user shares a humorous rage comic about his 17-year-old friend's bizarre experience of taking a pregnancy test that was left behind by an ex-girlfriend and then receiving a positive result.

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Initially shared to rib the cheap, off-the-counter, test kit for its outrageous test results, a comment from Reddit user "goxilo" instantly changed the mood, "If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it."

Just like that, the Reddit community demonstrated its ability as a far-reaching social media website -- goxilo's comment saved the life of CappnPoopdeck's friend.

Under no circumstances should a healthy male adult ever test positive during a pregnancy test, so what exactly did this incident reveal?

Pregnancy tests react to a pregnancy hormone produced in the placenta that forms a temporary organ when an embryo attaches to the uterine lining. Known as Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), this hormone is regarded as one of the more reliable indicators of pregnancy.

As far as CappnPoopdeck's male friend is concerned, the presence of HCG can indicate a rare but aggressive form of testicular cancer known as choriocarcinoma. To be precise, HCG is secreted from Choriocarcinoma tumors.

Choriocarcinoma is regarded as one of the more aggressive cancer types. The cancer can not only spreads to other organs in the body before the patient recognizes he has a problem, but choriocarcinoma also has a tendency to afflict men at 30 years or younger.

Thankfully, CappnPoopdeck's friend saw a doctor and identified a very small tumor in his right testicle in time for proper treatment. Choriocarcinoma only makes up less than 1 percent of all testicular cancer.

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