Man's beer belly was actually 77-pound cancerous tumor
His friends would make fun of his "beer belly" even though he hardly drank.
DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA — A man who for years was teased by his friends for his "beer belly" is now walking around minus a 100 pounds after finding out it was actually a cancerous tumor.
According to CBS Los Angeles, 47-year-old Hector Hernandez noticed that something was wrong in July of this year.
For years his belly had been getting bigger, but this arms and legs kept getting smaller.
Hernandez finally went to get a CT scan, which revealed a retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a cancer that begins in the fat cells around the abdomen.
According to Dr. William Tseng, a surgical oncologist at USC's Keck School of Medicine, these types of tumors are usually 20 to 30 pounds, but Hernandez's had grown to be a whopping 77-pounds.
Hernandez was tipping the scales at 300 when he went in for surgery. After a six hour procedure, he came out 100 pounds lighter.
Doctors are going to keep a close eye on Hernandez, but at least for now he is cancer free.
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