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FDA Warns About Fraudulent Cancer Treatments

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Tumorex, Immune Ace, Ellagic Insurance Formula, PC Hope, Pacific Ocean Shark Cartilage, Breast Cancer Tea Formula. They are all products sold to desperate cancer patients or people worried they might become one.

[On Tuesday], the Food and Drug Administration told the companies selling them to stop asserting that their products will work like drugs or face seizures—and possibly criminal charges as well.

"The claims are unproved and unreliable, and they are unkind to the patient who is seeking health," said David Elder, director of FDA's Office of Enforcement. "Some of the products may also present a direct safety hazard."

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