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Pregnancy test posted as joke on Reddit reveals testicular cancer

Freya PetersenGlobalPost.com

An online joke may have saved a New York man's life after his friend posted a "rage comic" to Reddit on his positive pregnancy test.

According to Fox News, the man came across an unused pregnancy test left by his ex-girlfriend at his home.

As a joke, he decided to take the test by urinating on the strip, only to get a positive result.

Pregnancy tests, Fox points out, measure levels of beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in urine — a same hormone associated with testicular cancer in men.

A doctor confirmed the man had a tumor on his right testicle.  

According to Australia's Murdoch media, the man submitted a web comic illustrating his "funny" positive test to Reddit and the post drew more than 1000 comments.

However, CBC reported that it was Reddit user CappnPoopdeck who shared the comic on the social site's "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu" subreddit – a section of the site dedicated to rage comics.

CappnPoopdeck was a young woman living in Hamilton, Ontario, who said her 18-year-old friend is the one who had taken the test.

According to AdelaideNow.com.au, a  reader alerted him to the potential downside of testing positive.

"You may have testicular cancer! Get to an oncologist, tell them you took a pregnancy test and it came out positive."