A man was shocked to discover he had testicular cancer after he took a pee-on-a-stick home pregnancy test that was left in his medicine cabinet by a former girlfriend. The positive pregnancy test was posted as a joke by a female friend on Reddit.com, but savvy viewers were quick to inform the woman that it could be a sign of testicular cancer, and it was.
The hormone detected by at-home pregnancy tests is the same one made by many testicular cancers, however the problem is that only a small minority of men with testicular cancer will have high enough levels of the hormone to be detected by a home pregnancy test. Therefore, a man could still have testicular cancer even if a pregnancy test provided a negative result. And, some non-cancerous conditions can also give positive results for Beta-HCG.
The comic strip where the image was posted resulted in a slew of viewers’ comments — and warnings. “If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it,” wrote Goxila.
So it looks like the Internet actually can diagnose disease.
Diagnosis Confirmed Testicular Cancer
The young man went to a doctor who, indeed, found a small tumor in his right testicle, according to the woman, who then thanked fellow Redditors.
The story has been widely circulating on the Internet, and the original Reddit posting over 1 year ago now has over one million hits and more than 1,500 comments.
The woman and her male friend live in Ontario, but they want to remain anonymous. The press attention on his private parts has been overwhelming.
Here’s what the smart Redditors knew:
Several testicular cancers produce elevated levels of beta human chorionic gonadotropin, the same hormone produced in pregnancy and detected by many of the at-home tests, explains urological oncologist Dr. Laurence Klotz of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
When testicular cancer is suspected, the patient’s blood is routinely measured for beta hCG. A blood test is more sensitive to the hormone than a urine test, he explains.
Not all types of the cancer, however, produce beta hCG. It’s present in roughly 30 to 40 percent of cases, he estimates.
Testicular cancer tends to occur in men from post-puberty until their mid-30s, peaking in the early 20s. “It’s highly treatable and curable even when it’s spread. But the earlier the diagnosis the better,” says Klotz.
The testicle with the tumor is usually removed. The remaining testicle is most often enough for fertility. If the cancer has spread, chemotherapy and radiation may also be required.
The oncologist stresses that the best detection is self-examination, perhaps once a month in the shower, feeling the testicles for a lump or enlargement.
Preventing Testicular Cancer
Eat a mostly vegetarian diet with lots of foods that are known to prevent cancer. The following is a list of the most important of these foods, their postulated active ingredients, as well as how they are believed to work in preventing cancer.
- Basil contains monoterpenes, which are antioxidants known for their cancer preventive effects.
- Garlic, onions, and chives contain allylic sulfides, which have antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. Since many scientists now postulate an infectious etiology for cancer, garlic may be exerting its anticancer effects via its antimicrobial properties.
- Berries of all kinds, especially the European blueberry (a.k.a. bilberry) are very high in bioflavonoids called proanthocyanidins and catechins, strong antioxidants known for their anticancer effects. Strawberries contain ellagic acid, a proven cancer-fighter that protects the body’s genetic material from damage by carcinogens.
- Green and black tea contain polyphenols, which have potent antioxidant and anticancer effects. Flavonoids are also found in apples and onions, which have similar cancer-inhibiting effects. An adequate daily intake of flavonoids or polyphenols for this purpose would be approximately four cups of tea, an apple, and one-eighth of an onion.
- Tumeric and cumin are two similar spices that are both high in curcumin, a strong anti-inflammatory compound. Curcumin can be effective for both cancer prevention and treatment. It has powerful antioxidant effects and protects the liver from damage by drugs and chemicals.
- Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga, and mustard greens are vegetables all high in indoles, sulfoxide, and 5-methyl-methionine, all of which have potent anticancer effects. In addition, consumption of these foods helps improve liver detoxification. Broccoli fights cancer through its sulforaphane content, which research indicates blocks the growth of tumours in mice.
- Citrus fruits contain not only vitamin C but also numerous bioflavonoids including quercetin and limonoids. High doses of vitamin C and the bioflavonoids have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anticancer effects. Ruby red grapefruit is also a source of lycopene, an antioxidant similar to beta-carotene that has potent cancer-fighting properties.
- Hempseed oil, and fatty fish (especially salmon, catfish, mackerel, and trout) have a high content of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-fatty acids as well as lignins (soluble fibres), which have anti-inflammatory effects and can inhibit the cancer-causing effects of high estrogen levels.
- Mustard and watercress contain isothiocyanates. In one study, lung cancer in experimental animals exposed to tobacco smoke was prevented if the animals were fed watercress.
- Tomatoes are high in lycopene. One recent study from Italy found that people who ate seven or more servings a week of raw tomatoes were 60-percent less likely to develop cancer of the stomach, colon, or rectum compared to those who ate two or fewer servings each week.
- Carrots and carrot juice are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant with powerful anticancer effects.
- Daikon radish is a vegetable that looks like a huge white carrot, which you peel and cut into sticks. Like its broccoli cousin, daikon contains indole-3-carbinol, which prevents excessive estrogen buildup that may promote breast and other cancers.
- Greens, in general, and especially collard greens, green peas, celery, kale, broccoli, and spinach contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoid pigments that have cancer-fighting properties as well as the ability to fight macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness. Greens are also high in folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
- Sweet red peppers are cancer fighting due to their high content of lycopene. Hot peppers, on the other hand, contain capsaicin, a phytochemical that is a neutralizer of known carcinogenic chemicals such as nitrosamines.
- Rosemary is a fragrant herb with strong preservative properties. Animal studies indicate that consuming small quantities of rosemary prevents cancer. It can be added to most cooked foods.
Treating Testicular Cancer Naturally
Although testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men age 15 to 34 years, it’s very rare. There are only 5.4 cases per 100,000 men each year.
Traditional treatment for Testicular Cancer starts with radical inguinal orchiectomy, which means the removal of the diseased testicle. After surgery and depending on the stage, additional therapy may be ordered, such as: radiation, chemotherapy, and additional surgery to remove lymph nodes.
Regardless of disease stage, more than 90% (if the cancer has not spread beyond the testicles) of all newly diagnosed cases of testicular cancer will be cured, however the man is usually left without a testicle and exposed to treatments that have further suppressed the immune system.
The most effective route for long-term health is non-invasive natural therapy.
Throughout your treatment, your naturopathic clinician will recommend natural therapies to support your immune system and reduce any treatment-related side effects, including:
Natural treatments for Testicular Cancer may include (but are not limited to) the following which has been proven to kill cancer cells:
1. Multivitamin IV Therapy containing Intense Nutraceutical Therapy, Herbs, Amino Acids, Essiac Tea, Minerals, Vitamin B-17, Chlorophyll, DMSO, and Hydrogen Peroxide therapies. (See DMSO and Vitamin C – The Magic Duo for Cancer Treatment That Frightens The FDA and Conventional Medicine)
2. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Oxygen raises the pH level of the body. Also liquid stabilized Oxygen.
3. “Mag Heat Ray Therapy”. Note: Cancer cannot live where heat is above 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Ozone Generator Ozonator in a personalized Far Infrared (FIR) Portable Foldable Spa Sauna
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.