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The PSA test for prostate cancer is a failure.  It does not work now and it has never worked.  Dr. Richard Ablin, the inventor of the PSA test, is on record as saying the test is worthless.

"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 P.S.A. screening. Doing so would save billions of dollars and rescue millions of men from unnecessary, debilitating treatments.  The test is hardly more effective than a coin toss.  As I’ve been trying to make clear for many years now, P.S.A. 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.”   - Dr. Richard Albin, inventor of the PSA test.

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society told the New York Times on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 , “We don't want people to panic, but I'm admitting that American medicine has overpromised when it comes to screening. The advantages to screening have been exaggerated.”

The American Urological Association:  “The Panel does not recommend routine PSA screening in men age 70+ years or any man with less than a 10 to 15 year life expectancy.”

In 2012, the United States Preventative Services Task Force reported their final recommendation for the PSA prostate cancer-screening test, saying that routine PSA exams should not be given to men of any age. The task force report says the PSA exam and treatments that follow, like surgery and radiation, result in much more harm than benefit.

Dr. Virginia Moyer, who is a member of the task force, revealed that only one out of every 1,000 men who receive PSA screening would actually benefit from having the exam. Instead, most men showing positive results will have to suffer with side effects from treatment ranging from impotence and incontinence to stroke and death.

“Your primary care physician shouldn’t routinely offer the exam," said Moyer. "But if a patient brings it up, that doctor has a responsibility to inform them of the potential harms and risk."

In simple terms:  PSA screening does more harm than good.



In the following video Dr. Pamela Popper gives an excellent 10 minute explanation of the history and reasons why it is not a good idea to get a PSA test.





Watch this short 3 minute clip by Dr. John McDougall, MD




It was demonstrated in a clinical study by Dr. Gilbert Welch of Dartmouth University, that for each man “saved” from cancer of the prostate, 50 men are unnecessarily treated (maimed) with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.  They did a clinical study with 76,000 males over a ten-year time frame and discovered that yearly PSA exams made absolutely no difference in the number of deaths from cancer. 

If you do get a PSA test and it comes back with elevated numbers, and you decide to check it out, do not ever let them give you a painful biopsy for any reason.  Instead, get an effective, safe and inexpensive sonogram.  If you want to dig deeper and pay a little more, you can do a color Doppler or an MRI. 


90% of prostate cancers are very slow growing.  Slower than a turtle in molasses.  The cell doubling rate for these cancers is from 1-1/2 years to 3 years.  It takes one cell this long to make two cells!  These cancers are better left unattended.  You would be much better off not knowing it is there.  You will die of something else before this cancer can have any effect on you.


The other 10% of prostate cancers, the fast-growing version, also began its life long before it could be detected.  It would be growing for 6 years before it reached the size of one million cells.  That sounds like a huge tumor but it is not.  To put this in perspective, consider that the average prostate gland is made of 100 billion cells.  Our 6-year-old fast growing prostate tumor is still undetectable by any means at this size and it is seeding the body with cells which will eventually grow into more tumors.  All of this happens long before anything can be detected.  The idea of detecting the tumor and “getting it” before it spreads is false.  By the time it is detectable it has already spread.  The sum of this is there can never be early detection – there is only late detection.

The PSA test cannot indicate if a cancer is the slow growing or fast growing type.  In addition, there are numerous circumstances that can elevate one’s PSA score that have nothing to do with cancer. 

An ounce of prevention is worth a hundred pounds of cure.  Prostate and breast cancers are both caused by eating saturated animal fat more than any other thing – this includes butter and ghee. This causes high levels of estradiol and estrone in men and estriol in women.  Stop eating eggs, poultry, meat and especially all dairy products.  Americans get 42% of their calories from animal fats.  Changing your lifestyle and diet are your best protection. 


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