Q&A: 10 cancer-related misconceptions

As China marks 30th “National Anti-Cancer Week” from April 15-21, learn from health experts about cancer-related misconceptions.


Q: Are there any dietary or nutritional supplements that have special anti-cancer effects?

A: Experts believe there’s no scientific evidence to support any health care product or supplement as a “specific medicine” for cancer prevention. While certain products may be beneficial to the health or helpful in the nutritional management of cancer patients, they are definitely not substitutes for standard cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, targeted radiotherapy, or immunotherapy.

Patients and their families should follow the doctors’ guidance instead of blindly believing the representations in the advertisements of health products.