National Geographic : 1929 Jul
Cancer- Ostriches HE old notion that ostriches have the habit of hiding their heads in the sand in time of danger has been disproved again and again. Nevertheless the expression "hiding his head in the sand like an ostrich" aptly describes the man who seeks to avoid danger by refusing to recognize it when it comes. ACH year thousands of people die of can cer-needlessly-because they accept as true some of the mistaken beliefs about this disease. No. i-That every case of cancer is hopeless. It is not. No. 2-That cancer should be concealed because it results from a blood taint and is disgraceful. It is not. No. 3-That nature can conquer a malignant cancer unaided. It can not. No. 4-That cancer can be cured with medicine, with a serum or with some secret procedure. It can not. Many cancer patients are neglected or avoided because of the mistaken belief , that cancer is contagious. It is not. Be on Watch for First Signs of Cancer Be suspicious of all abnormal lumps or swellings or sores that refuse to heal, or unusual discharges from any part of the body. Do not neglect any strange growth. i Look out for moles, old scars, birthmarks or warts that change in shape, appear- l ance or size. i If you have jagged or broken teeth, have '" them smoothed off or removed. Con- . tinued irritation of the tongue or any ' other part of the body is often the be- i ginning of cancer trouble. In its early stages, various kinds of can cer yield to skilful use of surgery, radium or x-rays. But the best doctors in the world are powerless unless their aid is sought in time. Beware of Plausible Quacks Because the nature and origin of cancer are largely shrouded in mystery, quacks and crooked T institutions reap a cruel harvest. They S. prey upon the fear and ignorance of those S who do not know the facts concerning cancer. They are often successful in mak ing people believe that they have cancer when they have not. Later, with a great flourish, they boast of their "cures". Gratefully the patients of the fakers, first thoroughly alarmed, later entirely reassured, are glad to sign testimonials with which new victims are trapped. S Beware of those who advertise cancer cures. | An annual physical examination by your S family physician, or the expert to whom he sends you, may be the means of de Stecting cancer in its early stages. Do not " neglect it. i Send for the Metropolitan's booklet, "A Message of Hope". Address Booklet De partment, 79 -N, Metropolitan Life In surance Company, New York. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." O 1929 M.L. I. CO.