Fake Cancer Cures - Update
The number of phony cancer cures targeted by a task force working in three countries to crack down on Internet fakery and worthless products has reached 187.
"The products contain ingredients such as bloodroot, shark cartilage, coral calcium, cesium, ellagic acid, Cat's Claw, an herbal tea called Essiac, and mushroom varieties such as Agaricus Blazeii, Shitake, Maitake, and Reishi...
Examples of fraudulent claims for these products include:
"Treats all forms of cancer"
"Causes cancer cells to commit suicide!"
"80% more effective than the world's number one cancer drug"
"Skin cancers disappear"
"Target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone"
"Shrinks malignant tumors"
"Avoid painful surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or other conventional treatments"
The Warning Letters (sent to the offending marketers) are part of the FDA's ongoing efforts, in collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Canadian government agencies, to prevent deceptive products from reaching consumers. The initiative originated from consumer complaints and a web search for fraudulent cancer products conducted by the FDA, FTC and members of the MexicoUnited StatesÂCanada Health Fraud Working Group. Earlier this year, FTC sent Warning Letters to 112 Web sites falsely promoting cancer "treatments" and referred several others to foreign authorities."
Here's a list of the 187 products involved in the crackdown.
More here on the FTC's Operation False Hope, including resources for consumers and tips on ways to spot health fraud.