A 35-year-old member asked:
Does eating shark cartilage prevent cancer in humans?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Wound care 36 years experience
Shark cartilage: Eating shark cartilage does not prevent cancer in humans. The quack literature is replete with claims of how this works including statements that suggest that sharks never get bone cancer -- of course not, they have no bones. The one claim that is true is that eating shark cartilage will definitely result in the death of more sharks.
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Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
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Psychiatry 26 years experience
Very controversial: Claims of use of shark fins to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease have not been scientifically supported at this time. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Does shark cartilage help prevent cancer?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Pathology 45 years experience
Cynical fraud: Simply made up as a money-maker. Sharks do so get cancer. I actually read the one publication, and the sole evidence that it "worked" was that tumors biopsied before and after the animals were treated looked different -- but this is the rule with cancer.
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Last updated Mar 18, 2014
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