FDA Warns about Cancer 'Cures'
On April 25th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about deceptive claims online and in social media platforms touting products that "cure" cancer in people and pets. This month, the FDA sent warning letters to 14 companies, asking them to change or remove misleading information from their websites or face legal action.
Before drugs and medical devices intended to treat cancer may be marketed and sold, they must gain FDA approval to ensure the products are safe and effective. Sham “cures” are often advertised as "natural" and incorrectly labeled as dietary supplements. They may come in the form of pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils, and other treatment kits.
Although these products may appear harmless, they can be dangerous when using them delays or interferes with proven cancer therapies and may contain unsafe ingredients. According to the FDA, red flags include claims that a product is more effective than chemotherapy or can treat all forms of cancer, miraculously kill cancer cells and tumors, shrink malignant tumors, selectively kill cancer cells, etc.
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