HEADLINES: Testicular & Breast Cancer

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HEADLINES: Testicular & Breast Cancer

 

|By: Big Jeff Pearce|

Typically, my tone is humorous.  This time is different.  I will be touching on some fairly serious topics that effect a good chunk of our readership.  Let’s be honest, cancer touches everyone – athlete or not.  On our site, we have interviewed Joanne Williams who overcame breast cancer to go on to turn pro.  Giddy up and here we go.

 

 Testicular Cancer & Pregnancy Tests:

Recently, I happened upon a story of a man who, as a joke, posted on Reddit that he urinated on a pregnancy test and the test showed positive.  Shortly after posting his test results, other Redditors warned him that it could be a positive for testicular cancer.  The long and short of it is that pregnancy tests look for the presence of beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in urine.

“It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone,” oncologist Dr. Mark Pomerantz told ABC. “There are very few things in the body that produce beta hCG, and testicular cancer is one of them.”

The bottom line is this, get checked out by your physician regularly.  Keep an eye on your health and don’t stop at just peeing on a pregnancy test to see if you’re healthy.  Make sure you are keeping a healthy lifestyle, getting your blood work done and visiting a competent/capable doctor.

You can read the full story here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/man-pregnancy-test-testicular-cancer-_n_2088353.html

With files from The Huffington Post

 

The Effectiveness Of Mammograms:

I couldn’t just throw something on here for men and not include something for our steel sisters too.

For some time, Mammograms have been considered to be one of our most important tools for catching breast cancers.  However, a large and controversial U.S. study has found that they may have been doing little to catch these deadly cancers.  In addition, they have estimated that over a million women have been treated for non-life threatening cancers.  On a yearly rate, the study suggests 50,000 to 70,000 cases do not need treatment.

Mammograms, however, are still considered a useful tool in diagnosing some deadly forms of cancer.  “We’re coming to learn that some cancers — many cancers, depending on the organ — weren’t destined to cause death,” said Dr. Barnett Kramer, a National Cancer Institute screening expert. However, “once a woman is diagnosed, it’s hard to say treatment is not necessary.”

The bottom line is that members of the medical community are making process in our understanding of different forms of cancers and their testing procedures.  Studies like this that challenge the status quo demonstrate critical thinking and an evolution in medicine.  As always, take your health seriously and ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy.

You can read the full story here:

http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/11/22/mammograms-do-little-to-help-catch-deadly-breast-cancers-large-u-s-study-finds/

With files from The National Post

 

By |December 2nd, 2012|Archives, Features|

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