News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • October 2010 - Issue 63 Sorting Out Alternative Medical Claims
If you or someone you care about has cancer, the last thing you need is a scam. If you read or hear about a product that claims it can cure cancer, talk to your doctor, do some research, and ask some serious questions.
Just as for any other type of product, if the cancer treatment claims sound too good to be true, then they probably aren’t true. When you read claims such as those below, it’s a good idea to be skeptical and find out more before trying the product.
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Be wary of ad claims such as “Tis product is safe because it is natural.”
Watch for “red flag” ad claims:
• Tis product is safe because it is natural. • It treats cancer without side effects. • It is easy and painless. • It cures all types of cancer.
Te following factors also point to a possible scam:
• A single doctor, rather than a national group of doctors, backs the product.
• Te ad focuses on testimonials from other cancer patients, not research evidence.
• Te ad claims that doctors don’t want cancer patients to know about the product.
• Te ad urges stopping or delaying ongoing cancer treatment.
Be sure your health care providers know about all the medicines and dietary supplements you take. Even natural and herbal products can interfere with cancer treatment drugs. Also, talk with your health care providers before you try any new treatment or supplement.
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