MUST READ for Men with Prostate Cancer (SHOCKING!)
With all the advances in modern medicine, I’m surprised at how far we still have to go.
And that’s especially true when you consider that prostate cancer treatments are about as barbaric as they come – leaving men wearing diapers and lamenting their non-existent sex lives.
If the end justified the means – meaning if these treatments actually saved men’s lives – maybe it would be worth it.
Unfortunately, the mainstream is little help when it comes to determining whether or not your cancer is aggressive enough to warrant these treatments.
But a new diagnostic test developed by researchers in Europe hopes to change that.
Here’s what you need to know.
There are two current methods for identifying prostate cancer.
The first is the PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test. If your numbers are high, it alerts your doctor to the potential of prostate cancer. In order to determine for sure, you’d need a needle biopsy.
But like all invasive procedures, needle biopsies come with their fair share of problems.
One is that the sample area might completely miss the tumor (leading to a false negative). Another is the very real possibility of causing your cancer to spread by breaking into the tumor.
That’s right, this common diagnostic test could actually make your situation worse.
Thanks for nothing.
Even then, these tests leave the key question unanswered: How aggressive is the cancer?
Knowing the answer to that question is the only way for sure you’ll know what kind of treatment is appropriate for your situation.
But researchers have finally come up with a simple, effective way to determine how aggressive your prostate cancer is
It’s a test called Prostate Urine Risk.
All you have to do is pee into a cup, and scientists can determine 1). If you have prostate cancer, and 2). If it is aggressive enough to warrant treatment within the next five years.
The test works by evaluating the gene expression of a combination of 36 different genes that determine how aggressive the cancer is.
This allows men to be sorted into different risk categories according to the aggressiveness of the cancer.
No dangerous needle biopsy necessary.
In fact, the lead researcher claimed that this test identified men that were up to eight times less likely to need treatment within the next five years.
The prostate urine risk test would represent a major leap forward for prostate cancer testing and treatment. The cynic in me is doubtful that it will ever be put into widespread use because it would put too many surgeons out of business.
But I hope I’m wrong – and that this safe, simple, inexpensive, and innovative test will make it to a urologist near you very soon.
I’ll keep you posted.