Taking a pregnancy test can make people experience all kinds of emotions.
One person might be scared while another might be hopeful. Usually they have one thing in common, though: the person peeing on the stick is a woman. Redditor CappnPoopdeck, whose post received more than 1,500 comments, recounted a story of a friend taking a pregnancy test for laughs. What the internet helped him find, however, may have saved the jokester’s life.
He posted this “rage comic” describing his friend’s experience of finding the pregnancy test and getting the positive result.
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Other Redditors were quick to point out that this could be a sign his friend has cancer based on how pregnancy tests detect hormones.
Pregnancy tests determine levels of beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in urine, and testicular cancer can raise the levels of that hormone. “It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone,” oncologist Dr. Mark Pomerantz told ABC. “There are very few things in the body that produce beta hCG, and testicular cancer is one of them.”