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Consumers should not buy or use products that are promoted as treatments or "cures" for cancer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency has sent citation letters to a number of companies and individuals that engage in the fraudulent marketing of these products.
In a News Release issued on Tuesday, the FDA announced that it was sending Warning Letters to 23 U.S. companies and two foreign individuals involved in the sale of a variety of tablets, teas, tonics, and creams sold mainly on the Internet (See the complete list: 125 Fake Cancer 'Cures' Consumers Should Avoid). These products -- which make unfounded claims such as "treats all forms of cancer" and "targets cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone" -- are considered unapproved new drugs marketed in violation of federal laws, according to the FDA.