The prostate cancer advice you need to ignore
Never, ever get your health advice from celebrities, my friend.
Just last month, the actor Ben Stiller was on The Today Show after being treated for prostate cancer -- and he was urging EVERY MAN to rush out and get a PSA test.
"If it was up to me every guy should get tested after the age of 40 or 45," he pleaded.
I couldn't think of worse advice if I tried... even worse than urging every man to watch Zoolander 2!
I hope his health advice will be a flop -- because Stiller's position on prostate cancer is downright dangerous, and mainstream medicine is starting to admit it.
The very same day he made that declaration, a major medical organization pretty much dished out the exact opposite advice.
They didn't come right out and say that no man needs the PSA.
But the Clinical Trials Update published by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed the results of a study I shared with you back in September.
That one found the prostate cancer death rate is as close to zero as it can be without actually being zero.
Over 10 years, just 1 percent of men with the disease die of it!
Even more amazingly, it doesn't seem to matter much which treatment you choose or even if you choose no treatment at all.
Across the board, the death rate's the same -- just 1 percent -- in BOTH men who were treated and men who were not.
I can't speak to Ben Stiller's case, since I don't know his history or how aggressive his cancer was.
But I do know this: Urging "every guy" to get tested has already been tried, and it led to a public health disaster.
The prostate cancer treatment rate skyrocketed, but the death rate barely budged -- meaning most of those men were "cured" of cancers that never would've hurt them.
So, treatment didn't SAVE their lives -- but it RUINED plenty of them, since many men are forced to live with incontinence and impotence afterward.
Men who are treated with radiotherapy even face a higher risk of bladder cancer, which is ironically often deadlier than the prostate cancer they were trying to treat.
I won't say no man should ever have a PSA test. But it's a very personal decision based on your history and risk factors -- and even then, a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to mean treatment.
You can choose active surveillance, where doctors watch the tumor and treat it only if it becomes more aggressive.
In most cases, that won't happen, especially if you boost your intake of nutrients proven to slow the cancer.