The word is out: The entire $13-billion-a-year prostate cancer industry was built on the back of a massive lie.

I broke open this scam DECADES ago, and was treated like a pariah for my troubles. Of course today, the mainstream admits I was right all along -- and now, even official guidelines say prostate cancer doesn't need to be screened.

But if you think an industry worth that much cash is going to quietly close shop and quit town -- if you think all those surgeons and clinics that specialize in prostate cancer are going to find a new line of work -- I've got a warning you HAVE to see and share.

It's the myth of "watch and wait."

It sounds so reasonable, doesn't it? Let's just keep an eye on it, right?

WRONG!

A watched pot may never boil, but a watched tumor WILL eventually get an upgrade -- and when it does, your doc will pounce like a cat that's done toying with its mouse.

For him, it's not "watch and wait." It's "watch, wait... and operate," because he's still planning to squeeze every cent he can out of your poor prostate, even if it takes a little longer than it used to.

But if your own tumor's been upgraded, there's a new study you need to see before you sign up for surgery -- because it shows that many men on "watch and wait" can keep right on waiting.

Those who do so see no further upgrade over 5 years by a 2:1 margin.

Among those who have surgery, a post-op biopsy finds that just 6 percent had tumors that continued to progress, while 34 percent were actually DOWNGRADED again.

The rest held steady.

So skip the scalpel when you can, and that's most of the time. Fact is, if a tumor's going to kill you, it's probably already too late -- because deadly prostate cancers are almost never spotted in time.

Don't lose any sleep over that; those kinds of tumors are exceedingly rare.

The rest -- the tumors you're far more likely to have -- grow so slowly that you'll see a manned mission to Pluto before they have a chance to do you in.

That's why this is one time when your best bet is old-fashioned ignorance. Ignorance usually isn't worth celebrating -- but when it comes to prostate cancer, it really is bliss.