If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, the mainstream will likely try to treat it with its typical aggressive “scorched earth” approach.
Your doc may try to pump you full of chemicals and zap you full of radiation to try to kill off the cancer cells — but the problem is that those treatments kill off the healthy cells along with the cancerous ones, leaving you feeling worse than ever.
In cases of prostate cancer, those treatments can wreak havoc “down there” — in both the bathroom AND the bedroom.
Talk about hitting you “below the belt”!
But according to the latest research, if you’ve been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, you don’t need to lose one bit of your manhood by submitting to chemo or radiation — even if you’ve got a family history of the disease.
Now, I know there’s been a lot of media coverage about genetic testing, especially with the emergence of these “at-home testing” kits offered by companies like 23 and Me.
And, as I shared with you before, I actually think knowing more about your DNA is a good thing.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should submit to radical treatments out of fear. Because your genetic code does not necessarily dictate your destiny.
In fact, researchers have found that most of the time, early-stage prostate cancer patients can forego treatments like radiation, which up until now has been pretty much standard fare for any guy considered “high-risk.”
A recent study found that in men with a family history, prostate tumors DON’T grow more quickly, and the cancer DOESN’T spread more rapidly, compared to those considered “low-risk.”
So, this just confirms what I’ve been telling you — which is that you can opt for what we call “active surveillance.” That approach is more about watching closely to make sure the cancer isn’t spreading or progressing — because most times, prostate tumors DON’T grow OR spread.
Guys who choose to monitor their prostates live just as long as those who choose to zap them… and they’re able to continue performing their manly functions without interruption.
I should note, however, that active surveillance isn’t about doing NOTHING. Because there’s more you can do to shrink tumors and keep your cancer from spreading — and none of them will fry you the way radiation can.
For instance, the adrenaline released when you exercise can trigger an immune response that actually SHRINKS tumors!
And nothing can make you feel more “manly” than building up those muscles and staying strong for a fight with cancer.