This week, a man discovered that he had cancer by taking a pregnancy test that turned positive, and as it turns out this same test will help most men discover the same thing; the news has created an Intent buzz Sunday morning.
A pregnancy test is pretty each to use: urinate on it, wait a few minutes and wait for whatever symbol to appear according to the instructions on the box, if the results are positive then you are pregnant…unless you are a man and in that case you most likely have cancer.
Pregnancy tests are checking for the pregnancy hormone Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is produced by women in the placenta. HCG is only present in men who have Choriocarcinoma, a rare form of testicular cancer. So it would make sense that a pregnancy test would show the positive results. Choriocarcinoma is a fast moving cancer that typically strikes men under 30 years of age. The faster the cancer is discovered…the better off the patient is and the easier treatment may be.
Choriocarcinoma strikes less than 1% of all testicular cancers that are diagnosed.