Woman with stomach pain convinced she has prostate cancer after consulting Dr Google
It is not uncommon for people to Google their symptoms when they feel under the weather. A woman who was having pain in her stomach didn't think that it was a big issue until she Googled her symptoms. However, when she asked Dr Google for advice, she was left convinced that she was suffering from something very serious than she could have imagined.A concerned Jenny Pearce made an appointment with her doctor to discuss her self-diagnosis. She went to the hospital to request for a prostate examination as she was worried thinking that she might have prostate cancer. As soon as she asked for a prostate test, the doctor started laughing.Jenny, from Plymouth in Devon, England, shared the incident on social media and said, "Jenny had a stomach ache, but she was fine..."She added, "Jenny wasn't fine. Jenny Googled her symptoms and found she had prostate cancer. Jenny actually went to the doctors to ask for tests... The doctor laughed at her because she doesn't have a prostate."A post shared by 𝗝𝗘𝗡𝗡𝗬 𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗖𝗘 | 𝗔𝗗𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘 (@adventure_jenny)Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the prostate gland, which is found only in males."This is actually a true story," Jenny captioned the post."I'd never heard of a prostate. I honestly thought, apart from the genital parts, males and females had the same bits inside their bodies," Jenny was quoted as saying by The Sun.Jenny had been experiencing persistent stomach pains and had visited her doctor a couple of times. The tests gave no concerning results. She said, "You would have thought I would have known better than to listen to Google. But I'm quite a hypochondriac and Google doesn't help with that. It's one of those things that I'm never going to live down."After consulting Dr Google, she thought that the doctor needed to do different tests.She continued, "I went in that day, and told them I was still concerned about my stomach because the pain wasn't going away. He told me, 'Well, we've done all these tests and it's not coming up with anything. What do you think it is?' I then said to him, 'Well, I've done my research and I'm pretty sure it's prostate cancer'."She added, "There was quite a long pause and he just started laughing. The really long pause made me quite emotional, because I thought 'Oh god, I've hit the nail on the head here.' I thought I definitely had prostate cancer, and he was just taking it in himself. But instead, he just laughed and explained to me that I didn't have a prostate. I was absolutely mortified."Although embarrassed, Jenny was relieved that she didn't have prostate cancer.She said, "I had to stop myself looking. If Google was always right, I should have died about 500 times by now. Don't get me wrong, Google has probably saved people as well. There's a lot of people who don't like going to the doctors. I still stand by it's better to be safe than sorry, but I would advise people to calm themselves down and be a bit more rational than I was."Jenny's story left social media users in splits, with many sharing similar experiences.One user said, "Jenny I did the same thing at 18. Doctor almost passed out laughing and then explained I didn't have a prostate." Another wrote, "The curse of what is known was 'Dr Google'."A third user commented, "Google always says we are done for lol." Yet another added, "My dad had gas once but called the ambulance because he thought he was dying. He farted it out by the time the ambulance arrived."