What is Cancer-Charity Fraud?

Any conversation involving the "C" word is probably a delicate topic.  Numerous families throughout the world are faced with the dreaded, incurable disease of cancer.  Though we have all witnessed the televised success stories, it's merely fiction to those who have already suffered the loss of a loved one.  It's quite difficult to remain optimistic when the thought of inevitable death constantly lingers.  Sadly enough, this very fear is what frauds are depending on. 

Where are Your Donations Going?

The quest to find a cure for cancer is rather intense and expensive.  In order to conduct ongoing research, major funds are needed.  Consumers who are directly effected and many whom are not have opened their hearts to give generous donations to the many available charity organizations.  Unfortunately, scam artists have found away to capitalize on this situation for the benefit of their own cause.  They contact consumers via email, masquerading as reputable charities and even go as far as creating rogue internet sites to thieve money from those looking to contribute to cancer research.  Without doing a bit of research of your own, you just may be funding a fraudulent cause and have no knowledge of it. 

False Hope

As the battle against cancer becomes more intense, scam artists are emerging from every corner to swindle your contributions and efforts towards a cure.  These malicious individuals prey on a victim's insecurities, wanting them to believe they're so ill they'll try anything, even a miracle product.  Several people victimized by cancer are so rattled by the diagnosis they actually ignore the fact that many forms of the disease are treatable.  The fears generated by a conniving fraud causes some to choose an underground route, using ineffective medication instead of those approved by a doctor. 

Scams come wearing many different faces with numerous prices attached to their services.  The biggest price a victim pays results from chasing these inferior treatments when more reliable methods are available.  In most cases, a reputable physician rarely uses the term "cure" in regard to cancer.  This means that a red flag should instantly flash in your mind when approached by an individual or company offering a cure.  Other claims that should raise your suspicions are those suggesting that standard treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation are dangerous or ineffective. 

The harsh reality is that some types of cancer are indeed terminal.  While a few patients in this predicament often look to experimental treatments as a last resort to slow the progress of the disease, attempting to persuade someone to distrust standard treatments is considered by fraud, a crime punishable by law if proved. 

Eluding the Scams

Whether you're looking to make a contribution to cancer research or seeking treatment for youself or a loved one, the best approach begins with awareness.  It is important to learn where your money is going and what measures a particular organization is taking towards the fight.  Furthermore, it is essential to understand risk factors, standard treatment options and success rates.

There are many available resources on the internet that can provide you with detailed information regarding various types of cancer.  A good place to begin is the U.S. National Cancer Institute: www.cancer.gov/  On this site you will find sound methods of prevention, treatment and links to several legitimate cancer research organizations.      

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