Face In Tumour: Testicular Growth Shocks Doctors After Ultrasound
People see the strangest things in clouds and burnt toast, but this latest sighting can’t be topped: A face on a testicular tumour.
As reported by The Toronto Star, Canadian doctors were shocked when they looked at an ultrasound image of a testicular tumour (see image above).
“It was very ghoulish, like a man screaming in pain,” Doctor Naji Touma, who works at Queen's Universityin Kingston, Ont., told The Star about the picture taken in 2009.
Dr. Touma and Greg Roberts wrote in their paper submitted to the journal Urology that they saw a “…man’s face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself.”
Their Urology abstract notes:
"A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps 'Min' the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation."
An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image. The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association says signs of cancer can include a painless lump, swelling of the testicle or aching in the lower abdomen. It’s the most common form of cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 29.
It's not unusual to hear reports of people spotting the amazing in the mundane, as was evidenced in August when a cameraman filming a storm in New Brunswick noticed what appeared to be a face in the clouds.