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Ask for Evidence on miracle cancer cures
13 September 2013Every month there are dozens of news articles about medical breakthroughs and the internet is cluttered with claims about unproven treatments. The evidence for many of these treatments is often anecdotal and unreliable.
The way to help make sense of these stories and to separate the beneficial from the bogus is to Ask for Evidence.
The Ask for Evidence campaign says that if politicians, commentators and organisations want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.
People and organisations have been asking for the evidence behind claims for cancer curing diets, claims in health magazines and claims by clinics selling unproven treatments for thousands of dollars. We gathered these stories together and we will be sharing them with you over the course of this week.
- The Daily Express refused to edit its dangerous cancer advice, so we did it for them.
- Read Dr Kat Arney from Cancer Research UK telling us the kinds of claims she sees every day, and the evidence you should look for.
- I’ve Got Nothing To Lose By Trying It - our guide to help patients, their family and friends weigh up claims about bogus treatments and miracle cures.