National Geographic : 1955 Jun
"No, it isn't CANCER PEOPLE are beginning to realize that there is much need less worry about cancer. For example, the American Cancer Society reports that at a typical cancer clinic, where large numbers of people are examined, only about one out of every 125 isfound to have cancer. Thanks to medical progress, the spirit of hopelessness that once surrounded cancer has been replaced by rising optimism. This is based in part on the increased number of lives now being saved. Records of the American Cancer Society, for instance, show that skin cancer, discovered early and treated promptly and properly, is curable in 85 percent of the cases. What developments hold great promise for the future? For one thing, there are the advances achieved in both diagnosis and treatment. Cancer ofcertain internal organs, for example, can now be detected by searching under the microscope for cancerous cells cast off into body fluids. This yields clues to so-called "silent cancers," or those which have not caused noticeable symptoms. It is in this stage that the disease is often curable. One great hope of cancer research today is that drugs will be found to cure both localized and widely spread cancer. Already there are chemicals which can slow down ... and even stop for awhile ... the growth of some types of cancer cells. Today, however, only surgery and radia tion offer hope of cure or control. While the sweeping search of science goes on against cancer, everyone ... especially those who are middle-aged and older . . . should take these two wise safeguards: 1. Learn the seven danger signals listed here that give early warning of the possibility of cancer. Remem ber, these signals are not sure signs of cancer. 2. Have periodic medical examinations. These are especially important because about 50 percent of all cancers occur in body sites that can be readily exam ined by the doctor. Cancer still ranks second as a cause of death-but cancer is not hopeless. Even with today's weapons, we are ... according to the American Cancer Society ... saving the lives of 70,000 people each year from cancer. ------------- ___ _/- * __, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. 1 Madison Ave., N. Y. 10, N. Y. Please mail me a free coyv of your booklet on Cancer, 655-N. Name Street City State Cancer's Seven Warning Signals 1. Any sore that does not heal. 2. A lump or thickening in the breast or elsewhere. 3. Unusual bleeding or discharge. 4. Any change in a wart or mole. 5. Persistent indigestion or difficulty in swallowing. 6. Persistent hoarseness or cough. 7. Any change in normal bowel habits. . .