Home pregnancy tests may detect men's cancer
November 8th, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Home pregnancy tests may detect men's cancer

If you've been near social media or on the Internet, you may be aware of the buzz over posts claiming a teenage boy took a home pregnancy test as a joke, received a positive result, and wound up being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

CNN interviewed a girl who identified herself as a friend of the 17-year-old, but was not able to independently confirm the posts.

However, it's true home pregnancy tests can detect some types of testicular cancer in men, experts say - but the tests would not be useful as a screening tool.

According to the American Cancer Society, pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called Beta-HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Beta-HCG is produced by the cells of a woman's placenta during pregnancy, but is also excreted by some tumors "including some, but not all, testicular cancers," the cancer society says.

"At the time of diagnosis, only a small minority of men with testicular cancer have HCG levels high enough to be detected by a home urine pregnancy test," says Dr. Ted Gansler, director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, in a statement. "More sensitive blood tests for HCG with a lower cutoff level could detect a somewhat higher percentage, but several non-cancerous conditions can cause false positive results.

"Current evidence does not indicate that screening the general population of men with a urine test for HCG (or with urine or blood tests for any other tumor marker) can find testicular cancer early enough to reduce testicular cancer death rates," Gansler says.

Gansler told CNN in an e-mail that "much less often, some other cancers might cause a positive pregnancy test."  Medical journals have documented that both men and women patients with pancreas, lung, stomach or other cancers may have HCG levels high enough to cause a positive pregnancy test result, he says.

A lump on the testicle is the first sign of cancer, according to the cancer society, and men should see a doctor right away if one is found.

But even regular self-exams aren't recommended by the ACS because they have not been studied enough to show they reduce the death rate from testicular cancer. "Without that evidence, the American Cancer Society cannot make a recommendation on regular testicular self-exams for all men," the organization said. "But we do think men should decide for themselves whether or not to do regular exams."

soundoff (1,028 Responses)
  1. RebfZisse

    cialis/dapoxetine with overnight ship http://rcialisgl.com/ – which is better cialis or levitra indian cialis

    May 23, 2021 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Refrigerator Orange County


    May 23, 2021 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JebgEncox

    prescription without a doctor's prescription https://pharmacylo.com/ canadian pharmacy drugs online

    May 23, 2021 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tausAffessy

    tadalafil daily online tadalafil where to buy tadalafil on line cost tadalafil generic https://tadacipetadalafil.com/

    May 23, 2021 at 22:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rumah serpong

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this info.

    May 23, 2021 at 23:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Content Marketing Business

    Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the issues. It was truly informative. Your site is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 24, 2021 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. LbsoZisse

    cialis for sale online http://ucialisdas.com/ online doctor cialis

    May 24, 2021 at 02:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Digital Marketing Consultant


    May 24, 2021 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Social Media Marketing Consultants


    May 24, 2021 at 02:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LebnEncox

    Zyvox https://xlnpharmacy.com/ canadian drug

    May 24, 2021 at 04:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. GtnbCrulk

    viagra doses 200 mg https://jokviagra.com/ how long before viagra works

    May 24, 2021 at 04:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BbshMile

    female viagra cvs https://loxviagra.com/ viagra online generic

    May 24, 2021 at 05:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Soosteemocush

    https://tadalafilww.com/ side effects of tadalafil tadalafil without a doctor prescription tadalafil cialis tadalafil online with out prescription

    May 24, 2021 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. د بندولو یورو

    I every time emailed this webpage post page to all my
    associates, for the reason that if like to read it after that my friends will too.

    May 24, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Unitmerienepeft

    https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ tadalafil cost walmart where to buy tadalafil on line tadalafil cialis tadalafil liquid

    May 24, 2021 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. ทีเด็ด4เซียน

    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost
    moved to start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Excellent
    job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and
    more than that, how you presented it. Too

    May 24, 2021 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. judi online

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.

    The sector hopes for more passionate writers
    like you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
    At all times go after your heart.

    May 24, 2021 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. poker 678

    Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging
    for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is wonderful,
    as well as the content!

    May 24, 2021 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. slot online

    I'm truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to
    create your theme? Fantastic work!

    May 24, 2021 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. JebgEncox

    canadian pharmacy meds http://pharmacylo.com/ 24 hour pharmacy near me

    May 24, 2021 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Dashboard Near Me

    This web site really has all of the info I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 24, 2021 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Forklift Rental Orange County

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to come back once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.


    May 25, 2021 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Forklift Maintenance Shop California


    May 25, 2021 at 02:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Digital Marketing Agency Near Me


    May 25, 2021 at 03:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Forklift Repair Shop Los Angeles

    Good blog post. I certainly appreciate this website. Continue the good work!


    May 25, 2021 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. boat cruises

    Your way of describing the whole thing in this post is really pleasant, all
    be able to effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

    May 25, 2021 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Forklift Service Orange County


    May 25, 2021 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Unitmerienepeft

    https://tadalafilww.com/ cheap cialis pills for sale https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – tadalafil generic where to buy cheapest tadalafil cost

    May 25, 2021 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Internet Marketing Agency Near Me

    After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!


    May 25, 2021 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Digital Marketing Firm

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you should publish more about this issue, it may not be a taboo subject but usually people don't talk about such subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!


    May 25, 2021 at 14:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. EncoxDev

    overseas pharmacy forum pharmacy online shopping usa ce for pharmacy technician online free

    May 25, 2021 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Video Marketing Business

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Thank you! Where are your contact details though?


    May 25, 2021 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Video Marketing Agencies


    May 25, 2021 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. avanafil

    avana canada buy avana uk

    May 25, 2021 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Content Marketing Services


    May 25, 2021 at 19:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Tritreviewifind

    tadalafil drug tadalafil cost walmart buy tadalis https://tadagatadalafil.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 19:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. unblock sites

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this site needs much more attention. I'll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

    May 25, 2021 at 19:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Internet Marketing Agency Near Me

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and the rest of the website is really good.


    May 25, 2021 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. slotxo

    I visited several web pages but the audio feature for audio songs present at this web site is actually wonderful.

    May 25, 2021 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Kellye Shively

    I live in Costa Rica and am about to publish a community newspaper, what are the steps to go about copyrighting the name and articles published in it? And also when can one start using the copyright symbol?.


    May 25, 2021 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. brimonidine

    combigan eye drops 2% buy combigan online

    May 26, 2021 at 00:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. rv and camper repair near me


    May 26, 2021 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. tausAffessy

    tadalafil drug what is tadalafil cheapest tadalafil cost cialis without prescription https://tadacipetadalafil.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 03:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Bay Doors Orange County


    May 26, 2021 at 05:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Soosteemocush

    tadalafil daily online https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – cheap generic cialis for sale generic cialis tadalafil cialis tadalafil https://cttadalafil.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 05:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. trailer shops near me

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Kudos!


    May 26, 2021 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. rv door repair

    I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I've got you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff you post…


    May 26, 2021 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. fabrication near me

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for providing these details.


    May 26, 2021 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. trailer repair service near me

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    May 26, 2021 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Unitmerienepeft

    cialis tadalafil https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – tadalafil cost in canada buy cialis tadalafil generic https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Leave a Reply to Jason Hardyman


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.