Governments have known for a while now that many of their citizens prefer to acquire their medicine from the internet. However, they did not realize that this trend included cancer drugs. Even though the pharmaceutical arena is still working to identify more effective treatments for cancer, the few cancer therapies on the market are so expensive that patients are choosing to buy them from the internet. This is a problem because these patients rarely consult doctors before making such purchases. In effect, they are self-prescribing treatments for their ailments. Not only is this dangerous but the online pharmacies to which they have turned are untrustworthy. This has left them vulnerable to financial scams, not to mention counterfeit medicine.