A Cure for Cancer?
Claims across the internet abound promoting products to treat or cure many diseases such as cancer. As consumers of these products it is important for us to do our own research before purchasing them. Our own health or those of our loved ones could be severely affected by the choices we make. Claims such as providing a cure should be looked at with skepticism. Medical research has made wonderful progress and there are now treatments available that were never imagined years ago, and more research is being done to find new and improved treatments every day. We must not dismiss the advice of medical professionals who have had years of education to help us through the process of treating devastating diseases such as cancer.
There are many products that claim to treat or cure cancer. These unproven treatments often prevent patients from seeking the help of medical professionals resulting in serious consequences. The FDA has issued a warning for products containing cannabidiol that claim to treat or cure cancer. This is a component of the marijuana plant marketed in products such as oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas and topical lotions and creams. Unsubstantiated claims such as reversing or curing cancer, killing/inhibiting cancer cells or tumors, or other similar anti-cancer claims are marketed as an alternative or additional treatment for Cancer, Alzheimer’s and other serious diseases. The FDA states that companies marketing these products deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that deliver no established benefit and steer patients away from products that have proven, anti-tumor effects that could extend lives. Products that have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process and have not been evaluated as to whether they work, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with other drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns are suspect. The FDA is looking into scientifically-based research using components derived from marijuana, and support work with product developers who are interested in bringing safe, effective, and quality products to market.
We must be wise consumers, evaluating and researching these products before we make our purchase. It is also important to seek out the help of a medical professional when faced with any health issues. These medical professionals have years of education we can draw on when making choices that affect our health and wellbeing.
FDA Warns companies marketing unproven products, derived from marijuana, that claim to treat or cure cancer.