Wonder drugs provide no remedy for deadly skin cancers
AS A relatively young doctor in Mackay patients would tell me about 'natural wonder drugs' that cure skin cancers but leaves healthy skin alone.
It sounded good so, with an open mind, I said that was interesting and I waited to see how well it worked.
As a much older doctor now, I have seen numerous cases of skin cancers that are still present in the extensive and disfiguring scarring left by certain "wonder drugs" and I have seen horrendous damage to healthy skin, especially on faces, from the toxic effects of it.
The evidence is, therefore, very clear that everyone needs to be warned away from these toxic and unreliable treatments.
As recently as this week, I cut out four skin cancers from one person who had been using a "wonder drug" on those spots. That speaks for itself.
Then there is the case of the woman who needed a nose reconstruction after it was destroyed by one of these treatments.
In the USA, the FDA has banned certain treatments and has prosecuted individuals for claiming they are a "cancer treatment".
In Australia, the official drug control body called the TGA strongly recommends against the use of one particular treatment and anyone promoting its use for skin cancer can be liable for legal action as well under advertising regulations.
One of these drugs was developed over 100 years ago when other alternatives were not available and basically causes a toxic burn that lifts out great chunks of skin with supposedly the roots of the cancer. Skin cancers do not have roots like that.
All people are seeing is the lymphatics getting inflamed from the toxic chemical and lifting out with the dead tissue.
If they worked we would all be using it - but it does not work so we don't use it.