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Issue 106 - September 2010 - Page 16

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  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
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  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

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Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

Outline
Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.



Brief Analysis
The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility. "Imitinef Mercilet" is apparently an alternative spelling of the cancer drug, Imatinib mesylate. It is true that Imatinib (or "Imitinef") is available free of charge for patients who have been admitted to the Adyar Cancer Institute hospital for cancer treatment. However, the Institute is not handing out the drug freely to all as suggested in the message. Moreover, the drug does not actually cure all blood cancers as claimed in the message.

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Last updated: 29th July 2010
First published: 27th July 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Free Medicine for Blood Cancer!!!! Please don't delete this without forwarding

Dear all,

I have forwarded it to the maximum I can.

Let it reach the 110 crores Indians and the remaining if any.

Put yourself, if you or your brother or sister or your mom and dad or any x, y, z near you, got affected, then how u would have reacted, think it, Forward it.

'Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which cures blood cancer. Its available free of cost at "Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai". Create Awareness. It might help someone.

Forward to as many as u can, kindness cost nothing.





Detailed Analysis
According to this message, India's Adyar Cancer Institute is distributing, free of charge, a medicine named 'Imitinef Mercilet' that cures blood cancer. The message is circulating rapidly via email and is also making its way around the Internet via blogs, forums and social networking websites.

The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility located in the city of Chennai, India and, as its name implies, it indeed specializes in cancer treatment and research. The Adyar Cancer Institute has achieved great results in the treatment and research of cancer since its establishment in 1954.

I contacted a spokesperson at the Adyar Cancer Institute to ask about the veracity of the message. He sent me the following reply:
Only the Part of this message is true. The medicine Imitinef is available free for only qualified persons and not for all. It is free for those who have admitted in the hospital for treatment.
'Imitinef Mercilet' is apparently an alternative spelling of the drug Imatinib mesylate which is used in the treatment of some forms of leukemia along with other types of cancer. Imatinib, often referred to a "Gleevec", has proved to be an effective treatment for some forms of cancers. However, "blood cancer" is a generalized term for cancers that affect the blood, lymphatic system or bone marrow. The three types of blood cancer are listed as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. These three malignancies require quite different kinds of treatments. While drugs (including Imatinib), along with other treatments such as radiation can help to slow or even stop the progress of these cancers, there is currently no single drug treatment that can be said to actually cure all such cancers.

Moreover, it should be noted that Imatinib is available for cancer patients in many different health facilities around the world, not just the Adyar Cancer Institute.

Thus, although there are some elements of truth to this message, its is also potentially misleading and contains inaccurate information.

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References
Adyar Cancer Institute
Imatinib mesylate
What is Blood Cancer?



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Issue 106 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email