The best way to protect your prostate is to keep it far away from doctors who want to screen it -- and even further from the surgeons who make a living off prostate cancer procedures.
Not long ago, this was considered a rogue approach.
Today, it's mainstream science -- and another study confirms again that all the screenings in the world don't save lives.
Simply put, the government-funded study of 76,000 men who were tracked for 13 years finds that annual PSA tests don't make a bit of difference in determining who lives and who dies.
It's not hard to see why: PSA tests can't sort the rare, aggressive and deadly tumors from the ones you don't need to worry about -- and even when they do detect high-risk cancers, it's too late.
As a result, men in both groups -- those who were screened every year, and those who were not -- died of the disease at the same rate, according to the study results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
But don't be fooled by the scare tactics: Most men who have prostate cancer live with it for years or even decades, and eventually die of something else entirely.
And until screenings came along, most of these men never even knew they had prostate cancer.
Ignorance was truly bliss.
Today, when men find out they have the disease, they panic and get treated for it -- but if it doesn't reduce the death rate, why bother even finding out in the first place?
That's the bottom line here, and if you're thinking "better safe than sorry," think again. Prostate surgery won't keep you safe... and it'll almost certainly leave you sorry -- sorry you ever agreed to surgery.
The procedure that's been proven NOT to save your life can ruin it more than your doctors will ever let on. Men who wake up after prostate surgery often find they've lost all control "down there" and face long battles with incontinence and impotence.
Plenty of men never recover.
When you consider the decades you can live after a prostate cancer diagnosis -- with or without surgery -- that could add up to a quarter of your life or more, in diapers and unable to have sex.
Of course, you've probably heard commercials and seen ads for newer "robot" procedures that make it sound like they have fewer of these risks -- but that's just not reality.
Keep reading for the truth behind robot-assisted prostate surgeries.