If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer you can probably tell me the exact date and time when you received the news. And all you want is the same thing that any cancer sufferer wants — for life to return to normal.
Well, new research has revealed a sad and sobering truth — for most men, a return to normalcy is not in the cards.
According to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, men who received surgery or radiation treatment for their prostate cancer were almost all still suffering from side effects a decade and a half later.
Researchers looked at more than 1,600 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer between the ages of 55 and 74, and followed up with them 15 years after they received surgery or radiation treatment.
What they found was unsettling at best.
Of the men who had survived their cancer, 94 percent of the radiation group and 87 percent of the surgery group were suffering from impotence. Nearly one-in-five of the surgery group experienced urinary incontinence, as did nearly one-in-10 of the radiation group.
Sadly many men start prostate cancer treatment with no clue of the real risks. And, as I’ve told you before, those risks are often unjustified.
The truth is if pressed, just about any cancer expert would have to admit that prostate cancer is often not fatal, and that we need a better way to determine who needs aggressive, life-altering treatment, and who doesn’t.
Well, call me a cynic, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that.
You see, medical research counts on cash from the patented medicine pushers and manufacturers of surgical equipment. And how much interest do you think those guys have in funding research that could lead to fewer people using their products?
So while I can’t promise there are any breakthroughs around the corner, there are some simple steps you can take right away.
First, if you don’t have prostate cancer, let’s keep it that way. Natural remedies such as coffee and whole ginger have proven effective in preventing prostate cancer from developing. Go to www.wrightnewsletter.com and search “prostate cancer,” and you’ll get all the information you need.
Second, if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, make sure you understand all your treatment options, and the risks. And as you decide what approach is best for you, know that there are a variety of promising natural remedies that have proven effective in the fight against prostate cancer.
Propolis and Curcumin, which are both found in nature but can be purchased in supplement form, have been shown to stop prostate cancer tumors from growing. Resveratrol showed in one study that it can help make radiation treatment even more effective.
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