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PositiveTip for

"Alternative" Treatments for Cancer

The risk of death may be 5x higher in those choosing alternative treatments.

We all know unproven alternative treatments are risky. Yale researchers have now quantified one type of risk for cancer patients--the risk of death. The results are frightening. By tracking equally matched subjects for 66 months, it was found that those in the alternative treatment group were 2.5 times more likely to die within five years than those in the evidence-based group. Looking specifically at breast cancer, alternative medicine users were 5.7 times more likely to die than those using conventional treatments.

PositiveTip: Think very carefully before substituting alternative treatments for evidence-based treatments.