Harrow Man Rishiel Gudka with testicular cancer says Deadpool ‘saved my life’
A man from Harrow, London, attributes a life-saving early testicular cancer diagnosis to Marvel’s Deadpool. A short video clip depicting the anti-hero role played by Ryan Reynolds “basically saved my life,” said Rishiel Gudka, an NHS physio assistant.
After viewing the footage in 2016, the 31-year-old from Harrow decided to examine himself. The ad featured Reynolds’ character, who is cancer-stricken in the film asking men to “tweak their tomatoes” and check for lumps on a regular basis. “I would not have checked if I hadn’t viewed the Deadpool video and I would not have detected the cancer so early if I hadn’t,” Gudka said.
“I hardly experienced any symptoms so there was nothing warning me that there was something wrong,” Gudka told the PA news agency.
In the film, Wade Winston Wilson better known as Deadpool is diagnosed with cancer in his liver, lungs, prostate and brain. Reynolds-as-Deadpool claims that testicular cancer is the most frequent disease among males aged 15 to 35 and he encourages men to “fight back.”
He shows how to look for strange lumps with the help of a graphic and adds “man up and go to your doctor.” Mr. Gudka claimed that the video encouraged him to check himself for the first time, which led to the discovery of a strange lump.
Gudka was diagnosed with early stage testicular cancer after calling his doctor and being directed to a specialist. He remarked, “It was difficult for me to comprehend at the time because I was just 26 and felt healthy.” “At school, we were never taught how to check our testicles and it was never discussed,” he said.
“When I was originally diagnosed with testicular cancer, I had no idea what to expect and had to trust my doctors,” he added.
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Gudka is currently in remission and cancer-free after taking chemotherapy and having one of his testicles removed five years ago.
He said the incident taught him the value of being upfront and honest about one’s health, something he believes many men struggle with.
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