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Cancer Act 1939

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Most citizens of Great Britain are totally unaware of the 1939 Cancer Act which effectively prevents them from finding out about different treatments for cancer. See here

Is the above correct and are we prevented from finding out more? I had never heard of the Act until this morning when it was mentioned to me.

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I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and when I checked for different treatments I never came across this.

The only thing I can say is, the treatments can vary between the hospitals such as chemo, it may be given weekly or fortnightly. I did my own 'research' before my treatment and chose the hospital I felt comfortable with. Best advice I can give to anyone diagnosed is, ask questions and demand honest answers!

I did and my concerns was swept under the carpet so I went to another hospital where they DID understand my worries.

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Here's the full Act http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1939/13/pdfs/ukpga_19390013_en.pdf


Looking at the part you referred to i would assume it is designed to protect the vulnerable from quacks and snake-oil merchants.

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that Act was brought inn before the formation and concept of the NHS by Bevin in 1948


Makes you wonder why it is still in force?

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Makes you wonder why it is still in force?


Like a lot of other legislation our flaming governments(plural) are to lazy to do any work to remove them.



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Most of this Act has been repealed now, the only parts that still appear to be in force are the sections concerning advertising.

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Perhaps they should have an overall Act to encompass other illnesses like arthritis as a lot of false promises made in this area to relieve suffering?

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