New study confirms, leave low-risk prostate tumors alone
Have a chat with your urologist about options for prostate cancer and odds are he'll tell you all about surgery... and drugs... and surgery combined with drugs.
But he almost certainly won't say a peep about what's often the safest and most effective option of all: NOTHING!
You've heard me say before that low-risk prostate cancers rarely need treatment. Now, the latest research confirms, yet again, that men with those often-harmless tumors can live full and healthy lives without ever needing treatment for the cancer.
If you've got a low-risk tumor yourself, you're actually 24 times more likely to die of something else -- anything else at all -- than of the cancer, according to the new study.
Your risk of dying of prostate cancer 10 years after being diagnosed with a low-risk tumor is just 0.1 percent... and in 15 years, that risk is still only 0.6 percent.
In that time, just two of the nearly 1,300 men with low-risk tumors tracked for the study actually died of the disease, and the cancer metastasized in only three cases.
The study also finds that the odds of a low-risk or very-low-risk tumor turning into a potentially deadly cancer is just 5.9 percent -- and in nearly every case, there would still be time to successfully treat it, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
So here's my advice: If you have a low-risk prostate tumor, worry about heart disease instead -- because that, and not cancer, was the leading cause of death among men in the study.
Of course, choosing no treatment for your cancer doesn't mean doing nothing. It's important to work closely with a doctor who can keep tabs on the tumor with regular tests to ensure it hasn't grown and become more aggressive.
In many cases, however, even an upgrade in the tumor's condition doesn't necessarily mean surgery right away.
And along with keeping an eye on the tumor, there are steps you can take to ensure that it never grows enough to harm you, including proven natural cancer-fighting therapies such as mushroom extracts and intravenous vitamin C.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor experienced in nondrug cancer care.