I let myself believe things we’re starting to get better.
I actually thought that years of shining a spotlight on the dangerous mainstream medicine practice of pushing seniors into cancer screening they don’t need may have made a difference.
But it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong.
A new study reveals that mainstream medicine is still up to its old tricks… separating you from your money and your peace of mind right along with it.
Let’s clear one thing up.
Older folks, especially if you’re 70 or older, typically don’t need regular prostate screenings or mammograms. And there’s YEARS of research backing me up on this.
That’s why new research, published in the journal JAMA oncology, is so discouraging.
Millions pushed into unneeded cancer screenings
I turns out millions of older folks are still being regularly subjected to unneeded screenings (and in the case of risky breast compression painful ones too) that are putting them in harm’s way.
And that’s a problem on many different levels.
You see it’s not just that these tests can produce absurdly inaccurate results (they can). Or that they aren’t recommended for this age group (they’re not).
Or even that they can unnecessarily expose seniors to cancer-linked radiation (they do).
It’s also what these tests can do to your peace of mind.
Because, let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a cancer scare to send your quality of life plummeting lower than a lizard’s belly.
You see all that over-screening often turns up low-risk cancers or slow-growing tumors.
Useless screenings lead to useless treatments
And despite guidelines (not to mention common sense) that say don’t treat in cases like these more often than not their discovery leads to invasive treatments.
Treatments that likely won’t extend your life for another day let alone weeks, months or years.
But what that dangerous radiation and sickening chemo can do is make the time you have left on this Earth downright miserable. And just as frightening, they could cut that time short.
If you’re a senior whose reached 70 (or more) sit down with your doc to have a serious talk about what cancer screenings you can opt out of.
Because when they named them the golden years it wasn’t because they thought the profits from cancer screening scams on seniors should serve as anyone’s golden ticket to a new set of golf clubs.
These are supposed to be the best years of your life. Let’s make sure they really are.
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