National Geographic : 1942 May
"No, it isn't Cancer- T HIS WOMAN had one of the symptoms often associated with cancer. Again and again she asked herself, "Shall I wait and see what happens... or go to the doctor?" Wisely, she chose the latter course. Now, after thorough examinations and tests, she has just heard the welcome words, "No, it isn't cancer." How thankful she is that she went to her doctor at once! For, even though the symp toms usually associated with cancer do not always mean cancer, they do indicate that something is wrong. If cancer is present, the earlier it is dis covered and properly treated, the greater are the chances for a cure. The chances of curing early cancer of the breast are almost four times greater than those of curing it in its late stages; in early cancer of the pelvic re gions, the chances are eight times better. That is why anyone with a suspicious can cer symptom should go to the doctor imme diately. Some of the danger signals are: 1. Any unusual lump or thickening, espe cially in the breast. 2. Any irregular or unexplained bleeding. 3. Any sore that does not heal-particu larly about the mouth, tongue, or lips. 4. Persistent indigestion, often accompa nied by loss of weight. 5. Noticeable changes in the form, size, or color of a mole or wart. 6. Any persistent change from the normal action of elimination. The only positive way to tell whether cancer is present is a microscopic examination. If cancer is present, there are three forms of treatment-surgery, X-rays, radium, or a combination of these. Metropolitan will send you a free booklet, 52-N, "A Message of Hope about Cancer." COPYRIGHT 1942-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD 'A Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. * THE UNITED STATES NEEDS MORE STUDENT NURSES! The Metropolitan presents this appeal for 50,000 well-qualified young women to enter approved schools of nursing during 1942. The appeal is made at the request of the Government by the Nursing Council on National Defense. Here is an opportu nity for patriotic aid in meeting the emergency needs of the Army, the Navy, and Civilian Defense. It may also be a step toward a career of lasting usefulness and future economic security in post-war reconstruc tion. For further information apply to your State Nursing Council on Defense, or to the Nursing In formation Bureau, 1790 Broadway, New York City.