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Doctor Who Had Testicular Cancer Twice In His 20s Urges Men To ‘Check Yourself’

Dr. Will Flanary likes to joke that he tries to die every four to five years as his wife is tired of hearing.

Dr. Flanary is an ophthalmologist with a vast social media following as “Dr. Glaucomfleken.” He makes fun of the craziness of the medical world in TikTok videos.

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But, Flanary has a severe medical history where he has survived testicular cancer twice and had a cardiac arrest last year. His wife Kristin saved his life.

Flanary, who practices in Oregon City, told ‘Today,’ “I use comedy to cope with the health issues that help me laugh in pretty difficult situations.”

Flanary, who has no family history of the disease, was a healthy, athletic man until he knew that he had testicular cancer for the first time at the age of 25.

“American Cancer Society” pointed out that testicular cancer has few risk factors that make a man more likely to develop. The disease mainly affects men between the ages of 20 and 30, according to the “U.S. National Library of Science.”

The cancer was a stage 1A seminoma I got to know when I was a third-year medical student. Flanary underwent surgery to remove the testicle and resumed his everyday life.

Five years down the line, Will has been diagnosed with stage 1B seminoma, which developed in another testicle. But the surgery was a difficult one. Losing one testicle will affect a man’s life, but when both are gone, he will not be able to have sex as he becomes infertile.

Flanary is married to Kristin and has two kids, which he got after hormone replacement theory, which means a weekly testosterone injection.

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But in May 2020, he got a cardiac arrest where he called his wife a superhero as she performed CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and resuscitated him.

Flanary received “targeted hypothermia treatment” at the hospital, which involves cooling his body for 24 hours to minimize brain damage after cardiac arrest. He has recovered now and resumed his life, though he has got a defibrillator to protect his heart if it stops again.