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Reddit.com, the Internet’s go-to source for getting sucked down into a bottomless pit of mindless entertainment, weird stuff, scary shit, an enormous community of users, or really just about anything you can think of, can add one more notch to its belt–it saved a dude’s life, according to him.
The guy pictured above, sharky143 on Reddit, came across the following post by the awesomely-named _uniballer_, who encouraged users to treat any potential signs of testicular cancer very seriously and to get checked out:
“I’m 34. Median age for diagnosis is 33, which was surprising. My nut starting swelling about a month ago. After some research it looked like it could be some strange blockage or whatnot and probably not worth a trip to the doctor. Testicular cancer can be accompanied with lower back pain which I did not have. It was dumb not to go right away but it was a strange thing. My nut was getting bigger and harder but there was no pain associated with it. I learned later that no pain is actually a bad sign. If there was pain it was probably a torsion (twisting). After a month I decided to get seen and, after a fun ultrasound with a grandma, I was seeing a urologist. Then the next day I was in the O.R. and now I’m here. I’ve read that some guys will find small lumps on their nut and some have the swelling. My best advice is to not be stupid and get seen as soon as you suspect any issue.”
sharky143 heeded the uniballer’s advice and booked an appointment to see a doctor. He had a cancerous growth on one of his balls. He then had it removed.
From Daily Dot:
“I went in Tuesday to get my testicle checked and they did confirm that there was a mass in there and wanted an Ultrasound,” he wrote. “Wednesday, I went in, got the ultrasound, and an hour later got a call saying I have a very large mass in my testicle (Ultrasound picture here) and they wanted me to see a Urologist they next day! Thursday… got it confirmed that it is 95 [percent] cancer.”
And there’s your feel-good story of the day.
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