Educational Consumer Tips
Author: Better Business Bureau
All cancers are different, and no one treatment works for every cancer or everybody. Even two people with the same
diagnosis may need different treatments. Never try or buy a product claiming to treat or cure cancer until you consult
with a healthcare professional first. Watch for businesses that solicit exaggerated and bogus claims to promote their
product. Deceptive, unsupported claimed-results can also often be found in the fake testimonials a company solicits.
Medicinal products and devices intended to treat cancer must gain FDA approval before they are marketed to the public.
The agency's review process helps ensure that these products are safe and effective in treating a form of cancer.
The FDA warns that all consumers seeking information about any health product or medical treatment should be familiar
with the following warning signs of health fraud:
· Statements that the product is a quick and effective cure-all or a diagnostic tool for a wide variety of ailments.
· Suggestions that a product can treat or cure serious or incurable diseases.
· Claims such as "scientific breakthrough," "miraculous cure," "secret ingredient," and "ancient remedy."
· Claims that the product is safe because it is "natural."
· Undocumented case histories or personal testimonials by consumers or doctors claiming amazing results.
· Claims of limited availability and advance payment requirements.
· Promises of no-risk, money-back guarantees.
Alternative cancer therapies are meant to replace conventional cancer treatment. Reputable medical and cancer
experts generally do not recommend alternative products and practices, because there’s no proof that they are effective
treatments for cancer. Many alternative forms of cancer treatment can even be harmful to you or your loved one.
Remember that stopping or delaying conventional treatment may have serious consequences.
For more information regarding cancer treatments, contact The Food & Drug Administration online at http://www.fda.gov,
and the National Cancer Institute online at http://www.cancer.gov. If you have further questions about a particular cancer
treatment product, or feel you may have fallen victim to a cancer treatment scam, immediately contact the primary doctor
treating your cancer. You can also inquire with your local Better Business Bureau; or file a complaint with The Federal Trade
Commission online at http://www.ftc.gov/complaint, or by phone at (877) 382-4357.