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  1. Can you SKIP that prostate biopsy? (You might be surprised…)

    Can you SKIP that prostate biopsy? (You might be surprised…)

    It’s not just one of the most uncomfortable tests a guy can get.

    It’s also dangerous… and often completely unnecessary.

    Now, the latest research finds that many men may be able to completely avoid the dreaded prostate biopsy.

    No stress. No needle. No risk.

    And most importantly, NO CANCER!

    An MRI test can often do more to sort out who’s at risk than a biopsy ever will, and that could mean that many men will never need the needles… and never have to live through the anguish of a false cancer diagnosis.

    If you’re at risk… if your doc is about to send you out for a biopsy… this new study could be just the news you’ve been waiting for.

    The research focuses specifically on men with very high PSA scores who would normally be sent out for biopsies pretty much automatically.

    But in this study, some of the men were sent off for an MRI first, which in many cases ruled out cancer.

    More than 1 in 4 men were completely cleared. They DIDN’T need the biopsy.

    It’s not a foolproof system, and clearly some men will need biopsies anyway.

    But cutting down by even this amount would be a major victory, because biopsies themselves aren’t harmless procedures.

    In one study, 94 percent of men called them “painful,” which is no surprise given that a needle goes in you-know-where and then has to poke a few holes to pull out some samples. (Don’t do a Google search for picture of that needle — you don’t even want to know what it looks like.)

    That pain lasts for days, sometimes weeks — and that’s not the worst of it.

    Because of where it’s going, inside a part of the body that’s not exactly known for being clean, there’s a risk of moving bacteria around, sending it into places that it shouldn’t go and causing an infection.

    Some men end up hospitalized after their biopsies because of these infections.

    Fewer biopsies, with those remaining concentrated on those who need it most, will cut down on both the pain and infection risk.

    But this new approach also means something else.

    The researchers say that it can also help cut down on detecting — and treating — harmless cancers, as it’s better at sorting out the rarer high-risk cancers that may really need treatment.

    While some docs have already been using MRIs for prostate cancer and other forms of the disease, it might be some time before the practice becomes standard.

    For now, that means that you may have to take action on your own: If you’re at risk for cancer or have a warning sign that a doc wants to check out, ask if an MRI might be a better option for you.

  2. Mammogram screening shown to do more harm

    No mixed messages on mammograms

    I've seen news reports in recent weeks saying the science on mammogram screening is "confusing," "mixed," and "muddled."

    You have to wonder what science they're looking at -- because the studies I've seen are clear as day: Mammograms screening can hurt women, and not just some of the time.

    More than 1.3 million women have gone through the torture of toxic drugs, poisonous radiation, and disfiguring surgeries to treat harmless tumors that would have remained harmless if they had just been left alone, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Now, you might be wondering how they can know these cancers would have remained harmless. And the answer -- the clear answer -- is in the numbers themselves.

    Between 1976 and 2010, widespread use of mammogram screening more than doubled the rate of detection and treatment for breast cancer, from 112 cases per 100,000 women to 234 cases per 100,000 women.

    But the death rate didn't drop by half. In fact, it barely fell it all -- and the researchers say even that modest dip is more the result of better treatment than any increase in detection.

    So there's no confusion when it comes to the science.

    The only thing "mixed" or "muddled" here is the message -- because despite the clear evidence against mammogram screenings, despite the 1.3 million unnecessary treatments, women are still being told to get screened regularly.

    And that mixed message means at least 70,000 women can expect to undergo unnecessary treatments for breast cancer just this year alone, according to the study.

    Mainstream doctors will shrug at these numbers and say they don't have a choice. They'll tell you they don't know which tumors will turn out to be deadly and which ones won't, so they have to treat all of them like potential killers.

    They'll even admit that mammograms screenings aren't great -- but they'll claim it's the best screening we have, so we have to keep using them.

    But I think that's a cop out.

    There are other ways to screen for breast cancer -- including radiation-free procedures such as ultrasound and MRI. And when tumors are found, there are often better ways to treat them than drugs or surgery, including the very real option of no treatment at all.

    A holistic physician can help you through the process and work with you to decide the best options for you.

    And for more on a breast cancer risk factor that could come from your own doctor's office, keep reading.

  3. How mammograms can cause cancer

    Unsurprising research confirms that mammograms, which use radiation, can increase the risk of breast cancer -- especially in women prone to the disease.
  4. Aspirin's hidden dangers

    A new study finds that elderly patients who take low doses of aspirin to deal with their heart disease have higher instances of very small bleeding in the brain.
  5. Don't get burned by Big Pharma's latest shenanigan

    There's a risk you may face next time you step into an MRI machine… and I bet that no one's ever told you about it.

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