Disfiguring breast cancer treatments are often unnecessary

A Michigan doctor was recently sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for fraud. He told healthy patients they had cancer -- and then put them through highly aggressive and life-wrecking treatments for a disease they never even had.

Dr. Farid Fata made $17 million off his cancer scam, but he's far from the only example of fraud in the cancer industry.

Thousands of women are being conned every year into agreeing to highly aggressive treatments for ductal carcinoma in situ, aka DCIS or "stage 0 breast cancer."

Many women have a mastectomy, and an increasing number of women undergo a double mastectomy, removing the healthy breast as well "just in case." And to top it all off, they're often treated with cancer-causing radiation and toxic drugs.

But new research finds that none of those treatments make one bit of difference when compared to a simple lumpectomy.

Adding radiation doesn't increase survival by so much as a day. Neither does a mastectomy... nor a double mastectomy, for that matter.

Nothing offers a better chance at survival than lumpectomy, because the study of more than 100,000 women tracked for up to two decades finds the death rate from breast cancer is 3.3 percent for every treatment.

Since that's the same death rate we see in the general public, even the lumpectomy may be unnecessary much of the time.

One study earlier this year found that lumpectomy makes no difference in survival rates in women with the mildest forms of ductal carcinoma in situ (although lumpectomy did help women with other forms of DCIS).

What the studies really prove is what I've been telling my own patients all along: Breast cancer isn't a one-size-fits-all diagnosis and there's no one-size-fits-all approach, even for the stage-0 cancers that are so badly overtreated.

What's best for you will depend not only on the cancer itself, but your other risk factors including a family history of the disease. What's important is to make a decision you're comfortable with based on the best information -- not the fear tactics that are so often employed by unscrupulous dollar-chasing mainstream oncologists.

Whatever treatment path you choose, be sure to have a holistic medical doctor on your team.

If you choose no treatment -- at least for now -- he can work with you on a natural therapy to help ensure your harmless cancer remains harmless. And if you choose to get treated, a holistic doctor can help ease the toxic side effects of drugs and surgery.