Testicular cancer is a very common form of cancer for men. Many Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 are at a risk to get the life-threatening disease. While the National Cancer Institute has been releasing more information on the disease, more and more effective ways to test for cancer are being discovered each day. One of these new methods involved is a pregnancy test.
Earlier this week, a man, who still remains anonymous, tried an at-home pregnancy test for what he thought was a joke. Much to his surprise, his home test displayed positive and the man posted on Reddit with a short “rage comic” about his experience. It wasn’t until another user pointed out that the result may be testicular cancer that he got himself checked and found that users prediction correct. The man, who still remains unknown, has inspired many to use the tests to get themselves checked.
Because the home pregnancy test detects beta human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by pregnant women as well as testicular cancer patients, the test wasn’t indicating that the man was pregnant. Very few situations cause the body to produce the hormone, which is evident in urine, making the test a method for at-home cancer testing.