Beat this common cancer WITHOUT surgery
There's nothing more frightening than a cancer diagnosis... and nothing patients want more than to have the tumor ripped right out.
But if you've been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, don't rush into surgery just yet.
The latest research confirms that at least half of all these cancers DON'T need treatment after all!
Low-risk thyroid tumors often cause no problems... pose no threat... and never grow into dangerous cancers.
They can be safely left alone, often for the rest of your life.
No drugs. No radiation. No surgery. Nothing!
These tumors are called papillary thyroid carcinoma. More than half measure 10 mm or less, a size that the new study finds can be safely left alone and treated only when they show signs of becoming more aggressive.
In 90 percent of all cases, that never happens -- and in older patients, the numbers are even better.
If you're over the age of 70, your odds of eventually needing surgery are just 3.5 percent.
Of course, that also means some folks will need to be treated down the road, but it turns out that you've got plenty of breathing room. Even if the tumor eventually grows into a threat, getting checked six months after diagnosis and then once a year after that means it will almost always be caught in time.
Not a single person in the study who took this "watchful waiting" approach died of the cancer or any condition related to it.
Those who rushed into surgery, on the other hand, often regretted it.
Many suffered from temporary paralysis of their vocal cords, and the operation left a nasty scar across their necks.
And, of course, there was also the biggest risk of all, suffered pretty much 100 percent of the time when the thyroid is removed.
Losing the organ means losing its function, which is a pretty important one. You need thyroid hormone for metabolism, muscle, bone health, and more.
When it's removed, you have to replace the hormone.
Most patients are put onto a drug and need careful and constant monitoring. While there is a safer natural form of thyroid hormone available, it's still not ideal. After all, nothing is as safe or as natural as what your own thyroid makes -- so you want to hang onto it for as long as you can.
Now, the new study shows you can.
If you have a small, low-risk tumor and a doc itching to remove it, get a second opinion -- because you may not need the operation after all.