It seems completely counterintuitive that screening for prostate cancer may be a bad idea.
But I do not go for prostate cancer screening.
I don’t go near the doctor for this.
And I believe that most men would make that decision if they had all the information in front of them.
That’s because as it turns out in this huge study, you have to treat at least 1000 people to avoid one prostate death.
And treating all these people means that many are going to have terrible side effects.
There could be side effects such as complete inability to have sex.
You can also have to deal with constant worry, pain, and suffering for years.
And there’s just no reason for it because.
In the end, people who have treatment for their prostate cancer do NOT live any longer than people who do not.
This is why they are constantly recommending that people not bother with all this treatment and diagnosis.
But the doctor lobbies and Big Pharma lobbies are huge.
And they are easily able to manipulate the media to help them brainwash men into getting prostate checks.
Big Pharma invests heavily in convincing men to run around getting their PSA levels checked.
And then they subject many of these men to getting all kinds of cutting, snipping, and irradiating — as if that’s good for them.
Now, I don’t want you to think that people are not going to die of prostate cancer.
People are going to die 100% of the time no matter what.
But prostate cancer is very low on the list of things that you’re going to die from.
Why, you very well may die from the treatment for prostate cancer.
In fact, the odds are higher of dying from treatment than from this cancer.
I had a neighbor who was an emergency room physician.
He was very healthy in his 80s.
He was very happy and had a much younger wife, just had so much going right in his life.
But then he agreed to have a radioactive seed put in his prostate, and that was the beginning of the end for him.
The seed moved around, and he got very sick.
He died several years later.
It was a miserable ending for him, and totally unnecessary in my opinion.
This is a huge study, and it is one of several such studies.
None of these studies show any significant life extension from diagnosing prostate cancer.
All basically agree that treating prostate cancer is a fool’s errand.
Diagnosing and treating prostate cancer is simply a way to spend a lot of money, get very worried, and screw yourself up.
If you have already gone down this route, I’m sorry.
I’m not really going to tell you that you made a mistake.
Nobody can know if you did the right thing or not.
But I am focusing on the men who have not yet gone down this road.
Maybe we can save some people here.
So in this study, researchers looked at patients over 11 years of their medical history.
They looked at who gets treatment, who doesn’t, who gets diagnosed, who doesn’t, and what happens.
There was a very slight advantage to diagnosis and treatment — but it was very very slight.
The absolute difference in mortality amounted to 0.10 deaths per 1000 person-years, or 1.07 deaths per 1000 men randomized.
That is effectively nothing.
1/1000 is nothing.
999/1000 have to go through the trauma, horrific consequences, testing, and all the rest of it in order to theoretically save one life.
One life in 11 YEARS.
And for that one life, at least 936 men would have to go through the hells of treatment.
They have to go through testing, diagnosis, biopsies, prostate removal, burning, irradiating, chemotherapy, etc., etc., etc.
This is yet another study showing that the entire system of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer is a terrible, terrible scam.
It’s a terrible fraud on men.
I don’t think it’s quite the doctors’ fault.
The doctors just don’t know better.
But I think the doctors are supposed to know better, so they share a lot of the responsibility for this.
So, is a prostate exam necessary?
No, not really.