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125 Fake Cancer \'Cures\' Consumers Should Avoid

FirmProductRobert Cloutier, Nu-gen Nutrition Inc
aka Vitasalus Inc aka
Equinox Products LLC
1301 Rankin Dr
Troy, MI 48083Ocean Treasure Coral CalciumColostrum
Electrolyte Formula (Cantron)
Ultramarine Omega-3
Virgin Salmon Oil Gelcaps
Ultramarine Shark Liver Oil Millenium Health LLC
619 New York Avenue
Claymont, DE 19703Ellagic Acid 1000mgMary Spohn, Herbs for Cancer
12611 N 103rd Ave Ste A
Sun City, AZ 85351Bladder Cancer Tea Formula
Bone Cancer Tea Formula
Breast Cancer Tea Formula
Colon Cancer Tea Formula
Esophageal Cancer Tea Formula
Lung Cancer Tea Formula
Malignant Lymphoma Tea Formula
Nasal Cancer Tea Formula
Prostate Therapy Tea Formula
Skin Cancer Tea Formula
Special Tea Formula
Stomach Cancer Tea Formula
Tongue and Oral Cancer Tea Formula
Uterus and Cervical Cancer Tea Formula
Ellagic Acid Coral Calcium Factor
89989 Green Hill Road
Eugene, OR 97402Coral Calcium DailyJohn Seleen, President,
JHS Natural Products
1025 Conger Street, Suite 6
Eugene, OR 97402-6937PectasolVitapurity, Vitapurity Corporation, Vitpurity
5246 Dobrot Way
PO Box 5462
Central Point, OR 97502-0060Citral
Ellagic Ultra
Lycopene 25
Pacific Ocean Shark Cartilage
Miracle Mushroom Blend
Buffered Vitamin C CrystalsWilliam Isely
Gemtronics Inc.
964 Walnut Creek Road
Franklin, NC 28734-9533Agaricus Dried Grade A
Agaricus Dried Grade A Powder
Agaricus Capsules
Agaricus Sweet Extract
Agaricus Strong Extract
RF 1000 Extract
APM Extract
RAAXII Extract
OPC ExtractRoad To Healing
3121 Old Marksville Hwy
Pineville, LA 71361Cat\'s Claw
Chloro Plasma
Native Herbal Tea Rene Caisse\'s Original Formula
Red Clover PlusNutrition 2000
4108 Rucker Boulevard
Enterprise, AL 36330Cesium and Potassium Combo
Men\'s Prosta-Life
PC Hope
Protocel Formula 23
Protocel Formula 25
SurcanJames R Overman,
Precision Herbs LLC
9804 Township Road 89
Killbuck, OH 44637


Overman\'s Healthy Choices Inc
9227 Township Road 82
Millersburg, OH 44654Activase
Pau d Arco Bark
VX-ODavid Tan, Paul Brucato,
USA Golden Vision Inc
2211 S. Hacienda Blvd, Suite 100H
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-4637


2862 Antisana Pl
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-5301SunRecome in Packets and CapsulesAgeless
Cures LLC aka Atman Home LLC
1732b Michigan St
Houston, TX 77066Curcumin C3 Complex
Super Curcumin C3 Complex w/ Bioprerine
Super Curcumin C3 Complex Eco PackChristopher Gussa, Plant Cures Incorporated
aka The Herbal Healing Place
aka Desert Dragon Healing Center
aka Desert Dragon Herbs
PO box 1735
Benson, AZ 85602Bloodroot Extract
Ojibwa Tea or Essiac
C-Cell 4 DestoyerJohn Stigaard
Fem Health
Superb Herbs
2379 Red Barn Road
Marietta, GA 30064New Sun NKC-C Agaricus Blazei Capsules
New SunNKC-C Agaricus Blazei Super Concentrate Vial
New Sun Green Tea
New Sun Grape Seed Extract
New Sun LIV Combination
New Sun Flax Seed Oil
New Sun Super Sam (Super Sam Generic Samento, Cat\'s Claw)
New Sun Bital PR & BR
New Sun Yew/Olive CombinationBurt Hampton
38 Highway 19 S
Magnolia. AR 71753Cansema Black Salve Mix
Cansema Deep Tissue Salve Mix DMSO
Mild Black Salve Mix
Mild Deep Tissue Salve Mix DMSO
Very Mild Black Salve Mix
Very Mild Deep Tissue Salve Mix DMSO
Indian Mudd Mix
Black Salve Mix (Cansema Type for Vet. Use)
Black Salve Deep Tissue Mix DMSO (VET. Use)
Mild Black Salve Mix (Vet. Use)
Indian Mudd Mix for Bet Use
XX Sarcoid Salve Mixes/Kits with DMSO
Cowboy Sarcoid Black Salve Mixes/Kits with DMSORichard McPhail
2420North Chester Street
Gastonia, NC 28052P.D.Q.! Herbal Skin Cream
MedicardiumPeggy Booth, Generation\'s Black Salve
1485 Country Ln
Turlock, CA 95382Generations Black Salve TabletsWally Crowder, Best on
Earth Products
3914 Seaton Place
Las Vegas, NV 89121Black Salve
Black Salve with DMSO
Black Salve Bloodroot Capsules
Ellagic Insurance FormulaH&L Worldwide Inc
2003 N. Tyler Ave
South El Monte, CA 91733


900 S 2nd St Apt C
Alhambra, CA 91801-5911Best Curcumin with Bioperine
Grape Seed Extract
Breast Health - Breast Support Formula
Comprehensive Prostate Formula
Coral Calcium
Organic Flaxseed Oil
Immune Ace
IP-6 Inositol Hexaphosphate
Lycozyme Extra Strength
Shark CartilageCecilia Salvador, President, New Sun Inc
215 Linda Vista Dr
Hendersonville, NC 29792New Sun Grape Seed Extract
New Sun Super Sam (TOA Free Cat\'s Claw)
New Sun Yew/Olive CombinationNeil Baker, Herbal Remission
730 Flowerree St
Helena, MT 59601E-MuneKaryl Sellinger, Herbtime
713 Saco Ct
St Augustine, FL 32086C-Herb
C-4 Cream
Eye Drops
Eye/Ear Wash
Immune Max
Saw Palmetto Cream
Wild Yam Cream

Beware of Online Cancer Fraud
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Unproven 'Remedies,' False Promises
Red Flags
Agencies Take Action
Signs of Health Fraud
Additional FDA Resources:

FDA Press Release: FDA Warns Individuals and Firms to Stop Selling Fake Cancer 'Cures'
125 Fake Cancer 'Cures' Consumers Should Avoid
CDER: Fake Cancer Cures
While health fraud is a cruel form of greed, fraud involving cancer treatments can be particularly heartless—especially because fraudulent information can travel around the Web in an instant.

"Anyone who suffers from cancer, or knows someone who does, understands the fear and desperation that can set in," says Gary Coody, R.Ph., the National Health Fraud Coordinator and a Consumer Safety Officer with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs. "There can be a great temptation to jump at anything that appears to offer a chance for a cure."

Medicinal products and devices intended to treat cancer must gain FDA approval before they are marketed. The agency's review process helps ensure that these products are safe and effective.

Nevertheless, it's always possible to find someone or some company hawking bogus cancer "treatments." Such "treatments" come in many forms, including pills, tonics, and creams. "They're frequently offered as natural treatments and 'dietary supplements,'" says Coody. Many of these fraudulent cancer products even appear completely harmless, but may cause indirect harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

"Advertisements and other promotional materials touting bogus cancer 'cures' have probably been around as long as the printing press," says Coody. "However, the Internet has compounded the problem by providing the peddlers of these often dangerous products a whole new outlet."

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Unproven 'Remedies,' False Promises
Coody cites black salves as one of the fake cancer "remedies" that indeed have proven to be harmful. "Although it is illegal to market these salves as a cancer treatment, they are readily available online," he says.

The salves are sold with false promises that they will cure cancer by "drawing out" the disease from beneath the skin. "However, there is no scientific evidence that black salves are effective," says Janet Woodcock, Director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). "Even worse, black salves can cause direct harm to the patient."

The corrosive, oily salves "essentially burn off layers of the skin and surrounding normal tissue," says Woodcock. "This is not a simple, painless process. There are documented cases of these salves destroying large parts of people's skin and underlying tissue, leaving terrible scars."

Another unproven "remedy" that has been hawked for decades is an herbal regimen known as the Hoxsey Cancer Treatment. "FDA has taken regulatory and enforcement action against this discredited course of therapy beginning in the 1950s," says Coody.

"There is no scientific evidence that it has any value to treat cancer," he adds. "Yet consumers can go online right now and find all sorts of false claims that Hoxsey treatment is effective against the disease."

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Red Flags
Coody says that firms engaged in cancer treatment or prevention fraud often use exaggerated and bogus claims to promote these products. He adds that consumers should recognize the following phrases as red flags:

"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"
"Unproven claims are also found in unverified testimonials, research results, or even in product and website names," says Coody. He offers important points that consumers seeking cancer treatments should keep in mind:

Always consult with your health care professional before starting a new treatment or adding one to existing therapies. "Some products may interact with your medicines or keep them from working the way they are supposed to," says Coody.
Understand the difference between fraudulent drug products and what FDA calls "investigational drugs." Investigational drugs undergo clinical testing to determine if they are safe and effective for their intended uses. Fraudulent products, on the other hand, are unapproved and typically have never been clinically tested or reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Marketing them is a violation of federal law.
"There are legal ways for patients to access investigational drugs," says Coody. "The most common way is by taking part in clinical trials. But patients can also receive investigational drugs outside of clinical trials in some cases." For more details on this, visit www.fda.gov/oashi/speedaccess.html.

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Agencies Take Action
FDA and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in collaboration with other North American government agencies, have announced a new initiative to prevent these deceptive products from reaching consumers. Coody says that as part of the joint campaign, FDA and FTC have sent approximately 135 warning letters and two advisory letters to firms that market these products online.

The initiative originated not only from consumer complaints, he says, but also from a Web surf for fraudulent cancer products by FDA and members of the Mexico-United States-Canada Health fraud working group (MUCH).

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Signs of Health Fraud
All consumers seeking information about any health product or medical treatment should be familiar with the following 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."
Impressive-sounding terms, such as "hunger stimulation point" and "thermogenesis" for a weight loss product.
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.
Promises of an "easy" fix for problems like excess weight, hair loss, or impotency.
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For More Information
FDA Press Release

FDA: Cracking Down on Health Fraud

FDA's Cancer Liaison Program

National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials

Competition Bureau Canada’s Project False Hope

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Date Posted: June 17, 2008

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