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Positive pregnancy test diagnoses man’s cancer on Reddit

I came across a very interesting story. A guy did a pregnancy test just for fun and posted the results on Reddit.com as the test was positive. The first commenter told him he should have himself checked for testicular cancer. He was right.

When that pregnancy test came back positive, CappnPoopDeck made a rage comic about it, and posted it to Reddit. The very first response, from a user named goxilo, was this: “If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it.”

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  1. Krystal Lau #

    With the increased use of the Internet in society, it’s not a wonder that technology has begun to integrate into the medical world. The rise of e-patient websites has drastically changed the way the medical society functions. In this post, it is interesting to see how a website that is not necessarily specific for medical use, reddit.com, can be used to inform an individual who would have unknowingly lived with a testicular cancer tumor growing. Most e-patient websites are designed for educating and supporting those who have the certain condition. They are a great place for people to connect to others they may did not even know before and educate each other on treatment options. While the original poster of the comic on Reddit did not intend for it to be a medically relevant issue, his use of the website may have saved his life. In an article written by Tom Ferguson, he states that e-patients can “provide other patients with particularly helpful advice” (Ferguson, 27). In a book that I have been reading called The Practices of Looking, the authors state that our postmodern world is so concerned with disrupting the “master narrative” or debunking the idea that everything in society and nature can be rationalized using broad and overarching explanations (Sturken and Cartwright, 251). This can be applied to the medical world because until recently, physicians were seen as the only source of medical information. With the increased usage of the Internet, patients are now becoming other sources of information. The e-patient movement helps connect individuals and encourages an exchange of information that previously was impossible. This could lead to faster advancements in the medical field. It will be interesting to see how the e-patient will affect the role of the physician and will influence the medical world.

    November 14, 2012

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