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Early Screening for Prostate Cancer - Does It Harm More than Help?
by Paul Fassa
(The Best Years in Life) I often wonder about some of the more famous guys who were reported as prostate cancer deaths. How much was from the cancer and how much from the treatments is what I wonder. Just like the reports on early breast cancer screenings increasing cancer risks, early prostate cancer testing and screening are being questioned.
By the age of 50, most men have some cancerous prostate cells, although many will never know it unless they are screened, and most will not die from it. Luckily, prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer. Although prostate cancer cases increase with age, still, only about 3% of men actually die from it.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that in 2013, approximately 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and estimates that about 29,720 men will die from it.
Interestingly, the ACS also states, "Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men found to have prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today."
Background on PSA Testing
The standard PSA (prostate specific antigen) test was approved by the FDA in 1994, and each year millions of men are screened via a blood test for the PSA antigen, which is manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland.
For many men, this is when the seriously scarey life threatening anxiety begins. Early, aggressive allopathic prostate cancer treatment, even biopsies, can and do cause permanent damage, including impotence, heart attacks, incontinence and even death from a disease that is, ironically, statistically unlikely to kill them.
But the most aggressive indictment of early screening, specifically PSA testing, came from the medical researcher who had first discovered the prostate specific antigen (PSA) in 1970, Richard J. Ablin.
In a 2010 N.Y. Times Op-Ed piece titled, "The Great Prostate Mistake," Mr. Ablin sets the record straight.
"As I've been trying to make clear for many years now, PSA testing can't detect prostate cancer and, more important, it can't distinguish between the two types of prostate cancer - the one that will kill you and the one that won't."
Ablin explains that a PSA test merely measures how much PSA or prostate specific antigen is in your blood. Although elevated levels of PSA can be detected, that alone does not necessarily indicate prostate cancer. Common over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen, benign prostate enlargement (an inevitable part of aging) and infections also elevate PSA levels. Men with high PSA readings can be cancer free, while those with low readings can actually have cancer!
Ablin exclaimed, "I never dreamed that my discovery four decades ago would lead to such a profit-driven public health disaster. The medical community must confront reality and stop the inappropriate use of PSA screening. Doing so would save billions of dollars and rescue millions of men from unnecessary, debilitating treatments." (Emphasis added)
The respected British medical journal, Lancet, reported on 13 February 1993 early screening often leads to unnecessary treatment and "33% of autopsies show prostate cancer but only 1% die from it."
Dr. Tim O'Shea, a maverick Doctor of Chiropractic, holistic health lecturer, author and founder of the doctorwithin.com website states: "This means that the immune system can hold many problems in check, as long as it is not compromised by powerful [and/or toxic] procedures."
Gina Kolata of the New York Times cited two studies published in the March 2009 edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. One study involved 182,000 European men and in the USA 77,000 men were involved in a 10 year epidemiological follow-up survey comparing men who did PSA testing with those who don't and their outcomes with prostate cancer.
The European study showed a slight decrease in prostate cancer deaths while the USA study showed there was no appreciable difference. Remember, it's the early procedures that proceed upon a positive PSA reading. And those are the procedures that cause the most problems. So why gamble with invasive and toxic treatments?
There are several, over a hundred, known successful alternative cancer treatments. But don't tell the mainstream medicos that. They're indoctrinated into cut (surgery), burn (radiation therapy), and poison (chemotherapy). Just do our own research and find what's right for you. Here's a good place to start.
Good Diet, Moderate Exercise, and Ginger Root for Prevention
If you're concerned about prostate cancer, start consuming fresh ginger now. Ginger root kills prostate cancer cells. This study confirms that. It's best to go for the whole root and either juice it or make a tea from it. In either case, first peel the roots.
For teas, slice thinly and place the slices into a pan, slightly more than enough to cover the bottom. Fill the pan with water, bring to a boil, then let it simmer for 20 minutes or so. It can steep for several hours off the heat with the sliced roots. Then pour as needed or drain the liquid from the roots and refrigerate.
Juicing should be done with a slow-speed masticating juicer. This gives you a highly condensed ginger juice that must be diluted. It can be mixed with any juice or water kefir to taste.
About the Author:
Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.
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