1. Prostate biopsy packs hidden infection risks

    The SECRET risks of a common prostate procedure

    Guys, your urologist won’t tell you this. He won’t admit it, and he won’t even talk about it unless you ask.

    And if you DO ask about the safety of that “just-in-case” prostate biopsy he wants to perform, he’ll swear up and down that it’s safe and easy.

    When it’s all over, he’ll be able to confirm that your low-risk tumor is indeed in no danger of turning aggressive, and you’ll be on your merry way.

    Sounds good, right?

    Well, don’t rush in for that biopsy yet. It’s not nearly the safe and easy procedure your doctor has claimed.

    And in some cases, it can be far more dangerous than the cancer itself!

    A new report on Medscape highlights the shadowy world of unreported side effects and complications.

    The biopsy procedure itself can cause an infection and one of the most frightening conditions of all -- sepsis, a complication of infection that can be FATAL even if you get immediate help!

    The new report finds that 1 in 20 biopsy patients suffer from dangerous infections, including sepsis. And among just prostate cancer patients, there’s reason to believe that the numbers may be even higher.

    EVERY infection is serious. But in the case of prostate patients, the stakes are especially high: A 2011 study found that men hospitalized due to a prostate biopsy infection are 12 TIMES more likely to die.

    That’s right. The cancer might not hurt you… but the biopsy might KILL you!

    Yet urologists still push biopsies too often. In many ways, the age of “active surveillance” might’ve made it worse: With fewer men seeking aggressive treatments, specialists are trying to pick up the slack with extra biopsies and other procedures.

    Seems that at least some of them are more concerned about making up for lost business than doing what’s best for their patients!

    And that’s just one risk. Even without infection, some men can suffer from other problems, including pain that can linger.

    None of this means never get a biopsy.

    But it does mean to be smart about it: Many low-risk cancers DON’T need a biopsy, just a doctor who can help keep watch over the tumor to ensure that it never turns aggressive.

    If you’re on the fence, sometimes an MRI and/or ultrasound alone can give your doctor the information you both need to make the best decision without the help of a biopsy.

    And if it turns out that you really do need that biopsy, there are steps you can take to minimize pain and cut the risks, including a direct MRI-guided biopsy.

  2. Prostate biopsy can be avoided with MRI

    Good news, guys: You can avoid that biopsy!

    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.

  3. Dangers of fungal diseases

    A common cause of illness your doctor will ignore Imagine running out of gas and calling AAA for help -- but when it comes, they never even ask what you need. And instead of filling your tank, they change your tires and leave. Crazy, right? Now, I'm sure that's never happened on the side of a highway. AAA is better than that. Continue reading →
  4. PSA tests don't save lives

    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.
  5. The mineral your prostate is begging you for

    When you talk to your doctor about prostate health, the last thing you'd expect from him is a drug that'll make your prostate about as unhealthy as it could possibly be.
  6. The biggest secret in prostate health

    The only thing worse than the sheer hell of an enlarged prostate is the disappointment of yet another failed treatment ... But luckily, there's another option on the table: a cheap, widely available and perfectly natural way to get the relief your prostate is begging you for -- and the only shortcoming is the name.
  7. Waking up to wee? You're not alone

    In fact, researchers now say that more than 1 in 5 U.S. men--21 percent in all-- wake up at last twice a night to urinate, a condition known as nocturia.

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