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Tuesday
Nov062012

Man Takes Pregnancy Test as Joke, Finds Testicular Tumor

Styockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Reddit post about a man's positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor.

The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom cabinet by an ex-girlfriend.

The strange scene was drawn out as a comic and submitted to the website Reddit, where it drew more than 1,280 comments in three days from concerned strangers.

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

Sure enough, a trip to the doctor revealed a tiny lump in the man's right testicle.

Pregnancy tests detect beta human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone in the blood and urine produced by the developing placenta.  Experts say beta hCG can also signal testicular cancer.

"It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone," said Dr. Mark Pomerantz, a genitourinary oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  "There are very few things in the body that produce beta hCG, and testicular cancer is one of them."

The tumor was caught early, according to the Reddit thread.  But the man might have to have his right testicle surgically removed.

"The testicle usually has to come out.  But we're lucky with this disease, in that the vast majority of cases -- even if they're caught further along -- are still very curable," said Pomerantz.

The 5-year survival rate for testicular cancer confined to the testicle is 99 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.  Even if the disease has spread to nearby lymph nodes and other organs, requiring radiation and chemotherapy, the 5-year survival rate is 72 percent.

"It's one of the only solid tumors that can be reliably cured by even if it has metastasized," said Pomerantz.

While a positive pregnancy test can be a fluky clue, the first sign of testicular cancer is usually a painless lump.

"It's typically spotted by the guy himself," said Dr. Christopher Wood, professor and deputy chairman of urology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  "We recommend men do self-exam in the shower once a month to make sure there aren't any major changes."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Sep152012

Pub Sells Pregnancy Tests to Curb Birth Defects

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before ordering that much-desired mojito or martini, female patrons of a Minnesota pub can check to see if they’re pregnant.

Pub 500 in Mankato, a city south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, has a new test dispenser in the women’s restroom. The machine charges $3 per pregnancy test on a credit or debit card.

Sparing even one unborn child from alcohol-related birth defects or developmental disabilities makes the effort worthwhile, said Tom Frederick, co-owner of the bar.

“It was another worthy cause,” he said when asked about the dispenser. “We’re involved in all kinds of things in our local community.”

The machine, installed July 19, is the brainchild of Healthy Brains for Children, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul that aims to reduce the number of children with learning and behavioral difficulties linked to alcohol exposure in the womb.

All money collected by the machine goes to the organization. “I don’t make a dime on the machine,” Frederick said. “We just gave them wall space.”

When a customer walks into the restroom, she will likely see the dispenser hanging to her right. “We’ve got a big mirror there — in the powder-your-nose area,” he said.

The crew posted a sign on the upper left of the machine to explain its presence in a bar. “A pregnant mother should not be drinking, and there are many cases where she may not even know that she is pregnant,” the sign reads, while acknowledging, “At first, we thought it was a strange idea, but quickly came to the conclusion of how this could be beneficial.”

Jody Allen Crowe, the organization’s executive director, said he was an occasional customer at the bar. His group has plans to install a hundred of the dispensers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

“But the response has been so tremendous and international,” he said, that they may expand.

Based on self-reports among women ages 18 to 44, the CDC found an estimated 7.6 percent of pregnant women — one in 13 — used alcohol and 1.4 percent of pregnant women engaged in binge drinking.

A new dispenser will occupy half the space of the current one, which is about 27 inches high and 36 inches wide. Crowe said he expects prototypes of the new machine to become available within a month.

He co-founded Healthy Brains for Children in 2008, while director of a charter school in Rochester, Minn., after working 18 years on Native American reservations in Minnesota and Idaho as a teacher, principal and superintendent.  That’s where he said he saw the devastation caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

“There was such a need” to inform the public, he said. “So I shelved my educational career” and focused on this cause.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on self-reports among women ages 18 to 44, the CDC found an estimated 7.6 percent of pregnant women use alcohol and 1.4 percent of pregnant women engage in binge drinking. CDC analyzed 2006-2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to approximate the prevalence of alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age. The statistics appeared July 20 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

An easily accessible and inexpensive pregnancy test in an establishment serving alcohol can help a woman make a healthy choice, said Dr. David Garry, who delivers babies at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and heads the Alcohol and Women Committee for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He said there should be information posted about interpreting positive or negative test results, practicing safe sex and preventing Fetal Alcoholism Spectrum Disorder, or FASD.

“The pregnancy test alone will not necessarily alter FASD rates,” Garry said. Still, he added, “there is large potential for reduction of FASD through the opportunity to raise awareness and provide education to women in the high-risk setting of a bar or nightclub.”

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