A Pregnant Man? The Power of Widespread Research

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A man jokingly peed on a pregnancy test and was shocked to discover that according to the strip, he was pregnant.

He posted this startling discovery to Reddit and someone urged him to get checked for testicular cancer. "The short story is that all pregnancy tests are checking for a pregnancy hormone called Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is produced by the placenta in women (the temporary organ that forms when an embryo has attached to the uterine lining) and is thus a reliable indicator of pregnancy. As it turns out, HCG is also produced in men suffering from a rare but aggressive form of testicular cancer called choriocarcinoma. Choriocarcinoma tumors secrete HCG, and it's identical to the hormone secreted by placentas."

So someone may have saved this man's life from knowing this tiny fact and happening upon his Reddit post. I think this is a very interesting thing to consider because as we spread research knowledge further, add it to social media sites, look into more platforms like the Cell Slider one I previously posted about, think about how much more we'll be able to help out people in need and spread knowledge. It's truly an interesting thing to consider.

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