The mainstream wants you to believe cancer will kill you-- it's a powerful fear factor that has kept millions of people from considering or even learning about alternative medicine.

But while the mainstream pushes toxic drugs and radioactive chemotherapy as the only options for cancer patients, a new study shows how those treatments can actually increase your death risk for decades to come.

It's not a slight increase in risk… it's a frightening 1,100 percent boost in the odds that you won't live as long as you should.

British researchers looked at data on 17,981 patients who lived at least five years after a pediatric cancer diagnosis between 1940 and 1991, and were monitored through 2006.

The researchers found that these patients had 11 times the risk of early death overall than everyone else--and even those who managed to survive 45 years after their first cancer battle had triple the risk of a premature demise, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What's more, only 7 percent died of a recurrence of the initial cancer, while 77 percent died of new cancers, heart disease and other problems--nearly all because of the traumatic treatments used to "win" that first cancer battle.

If that's victory, I'd hate to see defeat.

While this study followed patients who survived childhood cancers, anyone who undergoes mainstream cancer treatments at any age could face that same considerable death risk-- and few cancer patients are ever told the truth about those risks or what the long-term consequences of the usual drugs-and-chemo approach will be.

The researchers say their new study shows that cancer survivors face different needs years later, and should have more screenings for conditions such as heart disease.

But on the other hand, if you can win a battle with cancer the natural way, there will be much less to worry about all those years later. Of course, that's only if you can find someone willing to talk to you about those options.

It's just one more reminder to always--always--get a second, third and even fourth opinion to make sure you know what your options are.

Anything less is just more risk.