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Beware of Fraud and Fools

Posted 4/7/2014

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  We know that the world is full of people who are running scams, trying to fool others, trying to make an easy dollar off someone else's worry. It would be nice if Cancer World were different, but, alas, it is an area that is absolutely swarming with false promises and ways to part you from your money. The old maxim about: "If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't" holds up in technicolor here.

  Everywhere you look there are articles and ads that promise cancer cures. All you have to do is drink X tea or take Y supplements or visit Dr Q's miracle cancer clinic. And then there are our friends who bombard us with suggestions and articles that may be slightly less far-fetched, but still suggest that better anger management or no sugar or dairy or more sea weed just might be the answer.

  When we are feeling sad and scared, we are especially vulnerable to these suggestions. This is an excellent article from Cancer Net:

Don't Be Fooled: How to Protect Yourself From Cancer Treatment Fraud
Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Although pranks, practical jokes, and hoaxes are the norm on April Fools’ Day, when it comes to cancer treatment, being fooled can be dangerous. Many products and services on the Internet claim to prevent, treat, or cure cancer, but before investing any of your time or money, it’s important to carefully evaluate them and talk with your doctor.
As you investigate a potential cancer treatment, the most important thing to find out is whether the product is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drugs, devices, and other treatments that are FDA approved have been rigorously tested in clinical trials and found to be safe and effective. On the other hand, products and therapies that don’t have the FDA’s approval to treat cancer and make statements
that “have not been evaluated by the FDA” are unlikely to help, and some may even be harmful or interfere with the treatments prescribed by your doctor.

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