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Man's positive pregnancy test finds testicular tumor (21/12/2012)


A Reddit post about a man's positive pregnancy test, which had been left in his bathroom cabinet by an ex-girlfriend, appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor.

MAGE: National Cancer Institute

The strange scene was drawn out as a comic and submitted to the website Reddit, where it drew more than 1,300 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.

Pregnancy tests detect beta human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone in the blood and the urine produced by the developing placenta, a temporary organ that only forms in female bodies when an embryo has attached to the uterine lining. Experts say beta hCG can also signal testicular cancer.

HCG in men can be a sign of a rare (and dangerous) form of testicular cancer — choriocarcinoma. This is a cancer made up of syncytiotroblastic cells. The tumor secretes HCG because that's what syncytiotroblasts do. They secrete HCG. And they don't particularly care whether they're secreting it into a man or a woman.

Estrogens play important roles in the pathophysiology of breast tumors and are recognized causal factors in the etiology of breast cancer (BC); this central insight has led to many of the available preventive and therapeutic interventions for BC.
Endogenous estrogens may also play causal roles in endometrial and ovarian cancers and could also be important in male reproductive cancers, such as male breast cancer, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer.

Choriocarcinomas move really fast. They're more common in men under 30 and the prognosis is usually bad, because most of the time nobody catches them until they've already spread to other parts of the body, especially the lungs.
But men should know that their chances of developing a choriocarcinoma are extremely rare. A 2002 paper in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that only about 2 men in 100,000 will get any kind of testicular cancer. Pure choriocarcinomas — the dangerous kind that I'm talking about here — make up less than 1% of those diagnoses.

For more information
National Cancer Institute - Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Research - Other Hormone Related Malignancies

Testicular Cancer
Testicular Germ Cell Tumors Genetic Admixture Study



L'armadietto omeopatico casalingo
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Quali sono i problemi o le disfunzioni che possono giovarsi di un intervento omeopatico d'urgenza e, di conseguenza, come dovrebbe essere un ideale armadietto medicinale omeopatico casalingo.

A cura di: Dott.ssa S.Cavalli, Dott. L. Colombo, Dott. U. Zuccardi Merli


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