• Since your diagnosis do you get catalogs and flyers in the mail selling things that cancer patients use?

    Asked by hoosierboy on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Since your diagnosis do you get catalogs and flyers in the mail selling things that cancer patients use?

    I have started getting emails and some things in the mail from companies that sell mostly ostomy supplies, but some of them are different products. I thought it was a little odd. Kind of like when you look at something online that you're interested in, then when you leave that website and start surfing the net adds start popping up on your screen for that product.

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • Kp2018's Avatar

      Fortunately, no. When I'm online, I always have my computer set to block cookies and I use Adblock Plus to prevent pop up ads. The only ads and catalogs I receive are from companies that I have ordered from. Whatnext,com is the ONLY "social media" site I visit, and so far, my privacy seems to have been protected. Thank you Whatnext!

      If you don't appreciate these ads and mailings, I'd suggest using your browser's cookie blocking function and add ad blocking.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have seen a few ads but not much. I do know what you're talking about on the online ads though. No matter what I look at there will be ads popping up on the sidebar for similar items for sale. Sometimes it helps because I will see the same item for less money sometimes.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      That hasn't happened to me ... but there are no supplies that I know of that anyone needs for lung cancer...

      over 1 year ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      This has not been my experience either. However I am bombarded by different cancer groups asking for donations. I have my two favorites and donate to them. I have also received periodic “ end of life “ mailings dealing with the inevitable. Not sure if this is related to my cancer diagnosis, or that I am in my seventies, but I am definitely on their radar.

      over 1 year ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      I believe no matter what you happen to look up online, "they" can see it. Whether you are researching colostomy bags or asking questions about colostomy bags, that info is seen by any one of the hundreds of businesses that deal with colostomy bags.

      over 1 year ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      I agree with banditwalker, if you use Google as your search engine. I use DuckDuckGo which does as good a job as Google (IMHO), and does not save your searches. With DuckDuckGo, there is no record of your inquiries. I also have my browser, Firefox, clear my history the second I log off. There are ways to preserve at least some privacy.

      over 1 year ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      I've never gotten anything either by email or regular mail. I do subscribe to CURE.

      over 1 year ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      No, I get things in the mail asking me for money for cancer causes, cause we are so rich after paying medical bills.

      over 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Mostly only from companies I've purchased from. Although after I had a fender bender, the chiropractors and ambulance chasing attorneys crawled out of the woodwork!

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      It is most frustrating to me that they pop-up on when I make out my grocery order. I have to clear my computer of cookies so often it is maddening. I subscribe to several cooking newsletters and I think it might be where they sneak in.

      over 1 year ago

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