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The power of the internet!
Well, we mean, always use caution - for every one of these stories there's a thousand of them that can give incorrect information and needlessly worry people out there, or worse give people a false sense of security when they really need to get checked out!
A user on Reddit named Taylor Tyree had his life saved, though, while browsing the website and catching another user's graphic post about testicular cancer!
The post included a photo of having a testicle removed and a description of the poster's symptoms - and that's when Taylor realized he 'had something similar' happening.
An ultrasound, CAT scan, and X-ray revealed he had a large cancerous mass in his left testicle. It had to be removed IMMEDIATELY.
He's just 21!
'I went to the comments and was reading through and he was talking about symptoms and what not… it was like, wait, I have something similar to this.'
He's now returning the favor online - he too is posting pics of himself post-surgery and has been giving advice to others about getting checked and knowing the symptoms!
'I met a lot of uniballers. I do have a message; I would say I don't do sports, so never had to have a physical, make sure you get checked out and do an exam, because you never know what will happen.'
Luckily, testicular cancer is one of the more treatable versions. Over 95% of people who catch it early can be completely cured.
Wanna know the crazy part?
This isn't the first time this has happened on Reddit. A user a while back took a pregnancy test as a joke and posted the positive results online. That's when other users urged him to get checked for testicular cancer!
Like we said, the power of the internet!
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