FTC warns of bogus cancer cures

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission has charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for cancer cures. The FTC said Thursday that it has also reached settlements with six others.

Lydia Parnes is the director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection. Parnes says there is no credible scientific evidence that any of the marketed products can prevent, cure, or treat cancer.

One of the settled cases involves a business run by Jim Clark and Carrie Ann Hatcher of Louisville, Ky. The father-daughter pair sold a variety of products online. They agreed to a permanent injunction barring them from marketing and selling the products.

The products some of the companies marketed included teas and other herbal mixtures, and mushroom extracts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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