National Geographic : 1926 Jun
.t about Cancer? THE SHAM MYSTIC Scattered all over the country are cruel imposters who claim to have the ability to cure cancer. The old Indian woman who pretends to heal by occult rites is less dangerous than the crooked institutions and individual practitioners who advertise that their mysterious "treatments" will cure this dread disease. THERE is good news about cancer. In many instances it can be prevented and if treated in its early stages it can be eradi cated. Sometimes it can be successfully removed, even when it has progressed beyond the early stages. It does not break out in another place when the removal is complete. A cancer in the body is like a weed in a garden. It begins in one spot as a small growth. There is only one course to follow with cancer as there is with a weed-get rid of it immediately and entirely. Do not imagine that because someone in your family died of cancer, you are doomed. In some families the tendency toward cancer seems to be hereditary, but the disease itself is not. Cancer is not contagious. To avoid sufferers is as stupid as it is cruel. There is not a single authen ticated record of any person having contracted the disease through association with a patient. Be on the watch for the first signs of cancer. Do not neglect any strange growth. Be suspicious of all abnormal lumps or swellings or sores that refuse to heal. Look out for moles, old scars, birthmarks or warts that change in shape, appear ance or size. Jagged or broken teeth or ill-fitting dental plates may cause cancer, also continued irritation of any part of the body. The failure of internal organs to function nor mally, or an unusual discharge from any part of the body should at once receive thorough and skilful attention. Make certain whether or not the cause is cancer. Remember this: Once it has begun to develop, Nature alone is helpless to stop the growth of cancer. But it may be removed by surgery or destroyed by X-rays or radium. Do not wait, thinking that the trouble will clear up. Do not wait for pain. 'i '. In the early stages there is no pain. Time is a matter of life and death . with cancer. 7 'r/ The great world, searched f searching,h prevent car The great v surgery, X Spread the -how it early stages Help to sav J~---------------------- Almost as many people over 40 die of cancer as promptly when it is dis< of pneumonia, tuberculosis and typhoid fever portant, by having thoro combined. If-and when-cancer is successfully tions annually or oftener brought under control, the cost of life insurance can be materially reduce will be reduced. will be reduced. e shall be glad to mail a leaflet on cancer entitled By dealing openly and frankly with cancer, by leaflet cancerentitle learning to recognize first symptoms, by acting HAI Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE Biggest in the World,More Assets, More Policyholders,More Insuran :est scientists of the '-. though they have " ' ,<) or years and are still ' have not found a serum to icer or drugs to cure it. /i/4' victories have come from rays or radium. good news about cancer ; can be recognized in its i ;' . ' -how toget ridofit. i e lives. ., ' covered and, most im 'ugh physical examina , the cancer death rate ti d. to anyone interested, . ',, i"AMessageofHope". LEY FISKE, President. COMPANY- NEW YORK ce in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."