Think biopsies are safe? Says who!?
I’m not trying to beat a dead horse, here, but if you’ve bought into the PSA/prostate cancer lie, then shame on you. I’ve told you time and again that PSA tests are inaccurate, unnecessary, and dangerous. And worst of all, they can lead to equally unnecessary surgeries to remove a tumor that may never have killed you to begin with——but that could leave you with urinary problems and sexual frustrations for the rest of your life.
But like I said, I’ve already told you all of that before.
But in between the PSA test and the surgery, there’s another step that can have devastating side effects as well——and you may never hear about it from your doctor. I’m talking about a needle biopsy.
How one little prick can cause big problems
See if this scenario sounds familiar… You go to your doctor to have your PSA levels checked. They come back slightly high, so he sends you off to get a biopsy, just to be on the safe side. But is it true? Is having a biopsy really being on the safe side?
The answer is no, and I’ll tell you why.
Forget for a minute that most prostate cancers are slow-growing and that most of them wouldn’t give you problems to begin with… Forget that most men will likely develop prostate cancer if they live long enough and that it’s not likely to be life-threatening (although it’s hard to forget that, since that’s really at the root of the issue, here)… But still, forget that for a minute.
The point I want to get across to you is that having a biopsy is not like taking your temperature——and with every prick of that needle, you should be prepared to kiss your manhood goodbye. You may not know it yet, but you’re about to start down the road to a life of pain and misery——whether you have prostate cancer or not.
It starts with chronic urinary problems, and it ends with erectile dysfunction——and that’s just from having the biopsy.
Researchers followed 198 men who had one of three types of biopsies to check for prostate cancer: A standard biopsy (that’s when a needle is used to take up to 10 tissue samples); a 10-sample biopsy along with a periprostatic nerve block (that’s to lessen the pain of the procedure); and a saturation biopsy (that’s when a needle is used to take 20 tissue samples).
If you’re wondering why 20 tissue samples would ever be necessary, I don’t blame you. Surgeons will often do this type of saturation biopsy on men who they “suspect” could have prostate cancer——even though past biopsies have come out negative.
Imagine the doctor coming to you after your initial biopsy and saying, “I don’t understand why we didn’t find anything… your PSA reading was high, so you MUST have prostate cancer! Guess we need to go in and take more samples. What harm could it do?”
(Do you think it ever occurred to him that the test could have been faulty to begin with? But that’s a different article for a different day.)
I’ll tell you what harm it could do. The study found that the men who underwent saturation biopsies had a much greater risk of developing chronic problems urinating. Imagine having to get up multiple times throughout the night——every night——because you have the urge to relieve yourself (that’s a condition called nocturia), but then once you get there, you have to strain to get even a dribble to come out. Sounds fun, right?
And if you think the biopsy is a here-today, gone-tomorrow type of procedure, you can think again.
In the group of men who underwent saturation biopsies, just 10 percent of the men reported urinary problems prior to the procedure. One week AFTER the test, that number increased to 18 percent. And three months later, it went up even higher to 29 percent.
The men who underwent a standard biopsy experienced an increase from 32 to 39 percent in moderate symptoms——and an increase from 18 to 20.5 percent in severe symptoms.
But remember, urinary problems were just half of the problem. Just one week after the standard and saturation biopsies…
More than 50 percent of the men experienced severe erectile dysfunction
Of those who got the nerve block, sexual dysfunction went from 11 percent before the surgery to 39 percent one week after.
And if you’re getting repeat biopsies over time, look out. The more biopsies you get, the greater your chance of these embarrassing and life-altering side effects——which brings me to another point…
“Watchful waiting” has dangers of its own——and it has nothing to do with cancer
Now that the mainstream is beginning to wake up to the truth about prostate cancer, more men are opting for the “watchful waiting” approach to prostate cancer. That’s certainly a step in the right direction——but you should know that watchful waiting also comes at a cost: more needle biopsies.
The bottom line is that the more needle pricks you get, the greater your chances of suffering from side effects. And it’s no wonder! A group of nerves and blood vessels referred to as a neurovascular bundle is located next to your prostate. One wrong move, and it’s bye-bye sex life.
Bottom line: Whether you get a needle biopsy or not is up to you——but you at least need to know the facts. Do with them what you will.