It is sad when a patient is dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and believes there is a cure out there that the doctors don't know about or are keeping from them.
The internet provides more opportunities for a cruel form of greed where fake cancer cures can be dressed up as "scientific" and sold to desperate patients. Bogus cancer cures have been around for decades, but online searches can bring them right to the patient.
The FDA has published a list of "125 Fake Cancer Cures Consumers Should Avoid". Check it out here.
Firms that engage in cancer treatment fraud often use exaggerated claims that should be red flags to patients and families. Some of them are:
- "Treats all forms of cancer"
- "Skin cancers disappear"
- "Shrinks malignant tumors"
- "Doesn't make you sick"
- "Avoid painful surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or other conventional treatments"
- "Treat Non Melanoma Skin Cancers easily and safely"