Research reveals most prostate tumors never need treatment

When you have cancer, you need treatment right? That's been the conventional wisdom in medicine for generations.

And it's been a complete disaster.

We've created millions of "cancer survivors" living with the lasting and even permanent damage of mainstream treatments, when in fact many early-stage tumors need no treatment at all.

Now, new research confirms that's especially true of prostate cancer.

This cancer often grows so slowly that you'd have to live several lifetimes before it could ever pose a threat. That's why the new study finds that just 1.5 percent of men who choose "active surveillance" die of the disease.

That's the same death rate we see in men who rush out for immediate treatment.

You might argue that treatment gives you a little peace of mind, while "active surveillance" means living with the constant, nagging thought of a tumor inside you.

Some docs will tell you living with uncertainty is a quality-of-life issue, and maybe it is. But it's nothing compared to what you'll be forced to live with after a cancer treatment.

Prostate treatments come with notorious side effects, from infection during the treatment itself (even the biopsy comes with a risk of serious infection) to humiliating problems afterward such as incontinence, impotence or both.

For far too many men, these supposedly short-term side effects become lifelong battles.

And that's a much bigger quality-of-life issue than a little uncertainty.

That's why I recommend all prostate cancer patients get a second or even third opinion, because many doctors still won't mention "active surveillance" as an option (especially doctors who make money off cancer treatments).

Based on the new study, roughly 50 percent of all newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients would do fine with surveillance instead of immediate treatment, but I'd bet the true number is much higher.

And while some men who choose surveillance eventually need treatment, there are ways to help bring that risk down, too. Natural therapies can slow tumor growth even further -- helping to ensure that your harmless cancer remains harmless.

You won't get that from a mainstream doctor, which is why I recommend working closely with a holistic physician. And if you do need treatment, that same holistic doctor can help minimize the side effects of toxic drugs, poisonous radiation and damaging surgery.

For complete natural cancer care in Southern California, make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.

Not in the area? I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.