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Man Discovered He Had Cancer Thanks To A Shark Collision

Eugene Finney went to the hospital after bumping into a shark off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. His doctors discovered he had a tumor.

By Katherine Biek | October 9, 2015

Now, here's something you've probably never heard: A Massachusetts man says his life was saved because of a shark. 

It was back in July when 39-year-old Eugene Finney and his family were vacationing on Huntington Beach in California. While in the water, Finney collided with a shark. 

"I really have no idea what happened, but I knew something big hit me and I was pretty much instantly in pain. I could feel the heat on my back," Finney told WHDH

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Finney told The Boston Globe he hadn't even realized he was hit by a shark until a few days later when he saw news stories saying swimming had been banned at Huntington Beach because a shark had bumped into a surfer

Once back home in Massachusetts, Finney went to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center because he was still experiencing pain. There, doctors discovered Finney had a tumor on his right kidney. 

"If this hadn't happened with the shark causing me to go in with this chest pain, I would've never known about this cancer," Finney told WBZ-TV.

"This whole situation — it saved his life," Dr. Ingolf Tuerk said. 

Thankfully, Finney's doctors caught the tumor in its early stages and were able to successfully remove it in September. WBZ-TV reported Finney is not expected to need chemotherapy. 

This video includes an image from Getty Images. 

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