Latest prostate scam exposed
When you’re hit with a prostate cancer diagnosis, you’ll do just about anything your doctor says.
After all, he has your best interests at heart, right?
When you’re hit with that cancer diagnosis, he sees dollar signs floating around your head — or maybe another part of your body — and his goal isn’t to get you into the safest and most effective treatment.
It’s to catch as many of those dollars as he can.
One little scam some of them pull is a super-expensive form of radiation called intensity-modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT.
Most docs know this treatment is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of nothing, so referrals in general have been falling.
But among docs who profit off it — docs who own IMRT equipment or a share in the clinics that perform it — referrals are up so high you need the Hubble to see it: They’re up 456 percent over five years, according to U.S. government numbers.
Of course, don’t expect the doctor to ‘fess up and tell you he’s doing it for the Benjamins. No, if you ask him (and, believe it or not, most people never ask) he’ll look you in the eye and feed you a line of bull about how the concentrated beams of radiation in IMRT can reduce the risk of side effects.
He’s feeding you baloney, because a major study earlier this year found no difference between IMRT and other, cheaper forms of radiation when it comes to prostate cancer.
No difference in outcomes… and no difference in the risk of complications.
Some docs will tell you to choose traditional radiation. But this is like choosing between being hit by a speeding train or a Mack truck.
It’s still going to hurt you, and it might even kill you.
Choose better — choose no radiation. In most cases, you can go without treatment of any kind, radiation or otherwise, because the vast majority of prostate tumors are harmless.
In fact, you’re better off not even knowing the tumor’s there, which is why you’re better off talking to your doctor about not getting screened in the first place.
I’m not done with cancer scams yet. Ladies, you’re next.