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Men advised to take pregnancy tests to detect cancer

Peeing on a pregnancy test might, in fact, be beneficial to men. This is because the test has the ability to detect a specific type of cancer known as testicular cancer.

Forbes narrates of a man who found out he had cancer by relieving himself on a pregnancy test.

The incident which took place a few years ago, saw an American man stumble upon his ex-girlfriends pregnancy test in his house. He decided to pee on it and the results came back with two lines, indicating positive.

He then decided to post the results online and was adviced by a fellow online user to visit an oncologist (a doctor who specializes in and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer) immediately.

When doctors ran a test, they unearthed a tumor in his testicle. And although the tumor was detected early enough, he still stood a chance of having the testicle removed.

A pregnancy test looks for the presence of elevated levels of the hormone beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which indicate pregnancy in women.

There are certain types of testicular cancers that also release this hormone. Thus, if a man has elevated levels of hCG, he could have testicular cancer resulting in a positive pregnancy test.

Some of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include;

  • Painless lump and swelling in either testicle. The tumour may appear as small as a pea but may increase in size with time.
  • Pain, discomfort, numbness in a testicle or a scrotum. One may also experience pain, discomfort and numbness in a testicle or scrotum.
  • Feeling heaviness in the scrotum.
  • Lower back pain, shortness of breath and chest pains.

Just like women are adviced to self-examine for breast cancer, men are also being adviced by experts to do the same for testicular cancer.

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