prostate cancer

  1. PSAs proven pointless

    Don't worry about rising PSA levels

    It's the most useless test in medicine, and your doctor knows it.

    He knows it... but he's almost certainly using it every single day -- and maybe he's used it to make life-changing decisions about YOUR health.

    It's the PSA test, proven time and again to be pointless, needless, and worthless -- and now, another study confirms that even a sudden rise in PSA means absolutely zippo.

    Researchers from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center looked at data on 5,519 men who participated in an earlier prostate cancer study -- all of whom were unlucky enough to win a biopsy at the end no matter what their PSA tests revealed.

    But their pain is your gain -- because now you have more ammo to use against your doc if he tries to poke his way into your prostate: The researchers say the men who had rising PSA levels didn't have a greater cancer risk.

    They were only ever-so-slightly more likely to even have prostate cancer -- but none of them had the rare and aggressive tumors that can cause real problems, according to the study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    You want to know what's really insane about this? Rising PSA levels -- which I've been telling you for years mean nothing at all -- are even more likely to trigger a biopsy than a high PSA level.

    Docs know what I've been telling you. They read the same studies. They just don't care -- because it's far more profitable to hack into prostates, even if the biopsy alone can do more damage than the tumor ever will.

    Poking these things can turn a harmless tumor into a cancer machine -- and actually SPREAD the disease the doc claims he's only trying to detect.

    And the treatments that often follow those biopsies -- up to and including castration -- can ruin whatever's left of your life afterwards, leaving you dribbling into diapers and unable to perform in the bedroom.

    Bottom line here -- don't worry about "high" PSA levels or "rising" PSA levels.

    Worry about finding a doc who doesn't use PSA tests at all.

  2. Cancer screening myth unravels

    Thank God September's over!

    In case you missed it -- and I hope you did -- it was National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is a perfectly good way to ruin an otherwise terrific month.

    But here's something I hope you didn't miss: Another new study confirms -- AGAIN! -- that while prostate screenings may succeed in getting you under the knife, they won't do a thing to save your life.

    Researchers reviewed some of the same evidence I've been telling you about for years: Six studies involving 387,000 men who were randomly assigned to either regular screenings, or no screenings at all.

    If you're a longtime reader, you already know where this is going -- because while the researchers found that PSA tests detected about 20 cancers for every 1,000 men screened, those detections had zero impact on survival rates and no effect on the odds of dying specifically from prostate cancer.

    And those 20 in 1,000 men diagnosed with cancer end up facing incontinence and impotence when they're treated for a disease that never would have hurt them.

    Still want that PSA?

    Of course you don't! But despite dozens of studies that prove screenings are unnecessary and unreliable, you can't turn on the TV without some media know-it-all begging you to get a PSA test.

    There were even some "cute" stories planted in newspapers recently about Fred Flintstone. Since he just turned 50, the stories said, it's time for him to get his PSA test.

    But those stories were planted by an organization called "Zero Cancer," and while it may look like a public service group, it's really sponsored by a who's who of drug companies, surgical equipment makers and even prostate surgeons.

    You might say they have a vested interest in your screening... and even more in your surgery.

  3. New prostate surgery isn't better

    The latest technique for prostate cancer is called laparoscopic surgery, but it's often marketed as robot-assisted "keyhole" surgery.
  4. Green tea blunts growth of prostate cancers

    There's news that suggests one more green tea plus: it could even slow the growth of prostate cancer.
  5. Study claims statin help prevent cancer

    This time around, a report is saying that statins could help protect men from prostate cancer and other urological issues.
  6. Another study advocates keeping a watchful eye on prostate cancer

    Prostate cancer treatments can be brutal and life changing - in all the wrong ways.
  7. Why you should skip your PSA

    I only have one problem with the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test that's used to screen for prostate cancer: it doesn't work.
  8. Cough med ingredient could battle prostate cancer

    Researchers have found that Noscapine, a substance found in cough medicines is effective in reducing advanced prostate tumor growth in mice by as much as 60 percent.
  9. Why you should put off prostate treatment

    A new study has found that men with early-stage prostate cancer actually aren't at a big risk if they choose to take a wait-and-see approach to treatment rather than going immediately under the knife.
  10. Drinking for thinking and shrinking

    Drinking for thinking and shrinking. Hark! More good health news for those who imbibe -- men and women both…

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