Nov 05, 2017 8:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


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 says 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 are not 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.

Watch out for these “red flag” ad claims:

  • This product is safe because it is natural.
  • It treats cancer without side effects.
  • It is easy and painless.
  • It cures all types of cancer.

The following factors also point to a possible scam:

  • A single doctor, rather than a national group of doctors, backs the product.
  • The ad focuses on testimonials from other cancer patients, not research evidence.
  • The ad claims that doctors don’t want cancer patients to know about the product.
  • The 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.

If you have questions about any treatment, contact the Cancer Learning Center.


Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

integrative medicine cancer learning center

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