National Geographic : 1939 Oct
Biopsy, a microscopic examination of diseased tissue,will quickly reveal the presence of cancer. I/i£VIrI /If Tl/AE - MOUTH CANCERS At C/£ABI£ MOST sore spots in the mouth are healed promptly by Nature. But if you have a per sistent sore spot on your lip, tongue, cheek, or any other part of the mouth, you may be in urgent need of medical aid. The presence of a swelling, lump or a strange white spot should arouse suspicion and be investigated. Sometimes a scientific test is made, a biopsy, in which a tiny section of the suspected tissue is taken for microscopic examination. If traces of cancer are found, no time should be lost in giving what may well prove to be life-saving treatment-X -ray, radium or surgery. Though a mouth cancer may be small at first and sometimes hidden, it can usually be identified be fore it reaches an incurable stage. Medical studies have proved that many deaths from this form of the disease could have been prevented by prompt detection and proper treatment. Self-treatment may be dangerous. A delay of even two or three weeks in caring properly for cancer of the mouth may cause another unnecessary death. Mouth cleanliness is especially important in the prevention of cancer fatalities. Bad teeth should be cared for or removed. Jagged edges of teeth should be smoothed. Dental plates and bridges should fit comfortably. Some persons have a mouth condition known as leukoplakia-"white spot disease"-which, if untreated, may develop later into cancer. In these cases particularly the exces sive use of tobacco and sharp condiments should be avoided. Do not be misled by false claims that cancer germs have been discovered and special "cures" for cancer are available. The true and encouraging story about mouth cancer is that because of its accessibility it can be removed or destroyed when discovered in early stages. Send for the Metropolitan free leaflet "A Message of Hope" which gives information that everyone should have about cancer. Address Booklet De partment 1039-N . METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairmanof the Board LEROY A. LINCOLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Copyright. 1939. by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Y3.2 ..