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[–]TooSmalley 302 points303 points  (5 children)

A redditor did that a while back, posted a picture of the pregnancy stick joking he was pregnant. Someone told him to get it checked out and he indeed had testicular cancer.

Someone else please find the link. I am lazy

[–]BrokenMidgetDreams 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well now I'm just going to save on teste tests

[–]ModestlyDefiant 71 points72 points  (7 children)

There’s a lab test for women called an hCG Beta that is used to test the “level” of pregnancy by measuring the hormone hCG. That same hormone is elevated in a man with testicular cancer. I learned this by thinking a Doctor was a moron for ordering it on a guy but it turned out I was in fact a moron.

[–]BoOtto 18 points19 points  (5 children)

HCG Beta is often used to differentiate between molar pregancy and placental cancer - for pregnancy ”level” you can use total hCG.

[–]chellis88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To test for pregnancy you can analyse beta hCG.

[–]Szyz 0 points1 point  (2 children)

there's a test that doesn't test the beta sub unit?

[–]BoOtto 0 points1 point  (1 child)

At least in Finland there is.

[–]Szyz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are you sure? The reason that's the target is that it's the only bit unique to HCG, otherwise you get LH reacting too. or at least, I thought that was it...

This is interesting http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/55/11/1900

[–]mysticturner 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I used to install sustems into medical labs and ran across this. Was told that there were several kinds of cancer for which this was used.

[–]VandalizedMan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Does this mean my girlfriend has testicular cancer?

[–]khanmaster 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is proof that pee is stored in the balls

[–]RogueC3 37 points38 points  (12 children)

Or that he's pregnant, either way he's in for a bad time

[–]binger5 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Not impossible, ask Arnold.

[–]Osbios 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Maybe that actually was a story about testicular cancer?

[–]Omnimetatron 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It's not a toomah!

[–]Osbios 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You have a 3 kilogram tumor in your abdomen because of metastatic cancer. And you only now come to the hospital because you toughed you where pregnant... as a male?

A movie for the whole family!

[–]mummouth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is it impossible, u/GovSchwarzenegger ?

[–]karakter222 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Both will cause something to grow in the body and cause a lot of pain

[–]Unidentified_Remains[🍰] -4 points-3 points  (5 children)

I'd take cancer over a kid, any day.

[–]RogueC3 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Well they're both gonna cause you a lot of money and pain, so pick your poison

[–]Durts 7 points8 points  (2 children)

At least cancer will kill you and put you out of your misery

[–]RogueC3 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Your kid can do that too... after they've drained you emotionally and monetarily

[–]Durts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can, but if not youre stuck with it for 18 years

[–]arzthaus 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Well, pee is stored in the balls, so this makes sense.

[–]Shockmaindave 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I remember seeing that post and thinking he needed to be told he had testicular cancer. (I used to work in a clinical chemistry lab and remember asking an older tech why guys were having quantitative pregnancy tests run. Those tests measured how pregnant someone was, not just whether or not they were pregnant.) Went to comment and saw someone else had already done it, so I went on about my day.

It was, in retrospect the Reddit equivalent of thinking, “Well, someone else has footage of Kennedy being shot, so I can just delete this video off my phone.”

[–]matiac 21 points22 points  (0 children)

SLPT - If you ever get testicular cancer or pregnant, randomly leave positive pregnancy tests in plausible spots at peoples houses to freak them the fuck out.

[–]redditpossible 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If a man has testicles, he may have testicular cancer.

[–]RavenousGorge 2 points3 points  (3 children)

May? Does anyone know the odds?

[–]Szyz 6 points7 points  (2 children)

if a man has HCG in his system, something is very very wrong and you need to see your doctor. Not an endocrinologist, but the only reason i know off the top of my head is as a tumor marker.



[–]RavenousGorge 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So it's more that you can have a tumor and just not go positive, but generally if you're positive you have a tumor?

[–]Szyz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, basically.

[–]MXC0Spike 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Can confirm. When I had stage 3, I was told that I was “6 weeks pregnant”.

[–]Epicentera 5 points6 points  (1 child)

So... did you die?

[–]tickled-n-pickled 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No but he probably lost one of his best friends

[–]Gucci_Bane_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Arnold Schwarzenegger disagrees

[–]the_mad_whistler 0 points1 point  (2 children)

This is life saving advice. As a man and to other men, I do this at least once a year. Having tests around is smart anyway if you are sexually active, but it could save your life. Dollar store tests work just fine! I think I read somewhere that they are actually more sensitive. 2 "false positives" and you should see your doctor.

Edit: tests, not testes. Testes are good too though.

[–]friedhippocampus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You mean tests. ..?

[–]the_mad_whistler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes I do! Autocorrect is tricky.

[–]reddrighthand 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also, if it comes up negative he still might have cancer

[–]Elgalileo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First sentence: "you probably wouldn't want too". Typos are great at undermining a message.

[–]ThisCliqueIsStupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I work in a lab and it's always funny the first time a new person calls a Drs office saying "LULZ U jus ordered a preggo test fur a MAN" and the Dr is like "Um yeah I know....."

[–]Starbug33 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Why is this not part of a standard yearly check up for men?!

[–]Szyz 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Because running scattershot tests with no idea what you're looking for is a good way to end up receiving a ton of unneccessary and dangerous interventions. Not a good idea, at all.

For example, this guy got chemo because he was igA deficient and had heterophilic antibodies and it caused a false positive HCG http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/13/11/1149.full

[–]wrenchface 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But most testicular cancers don’t produce anywhere near enough bHCG to give a positive home pregnancy test (around 10 vs. in the thousands). So don’t try to use a pregnancy test as a cheap cancer screen if you find a lump!

[–]MXC0Spike -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yep. WiFi sucks in hell.

[–]Justin531857 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Proof pee is stored in the balls

[–]cwatson214 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Not to blow your mind, but if a man pees on anything he may have testicular cancer