National Geographic : 1937 Jan
Many Cancers are Curable Medical experts state that many cancers can be cured if discovered and treated in time-but time is the all-important element. Cancer in its early stages can often be destroyed by radium and X-rays, or removed by surgery. An increasing number of cases are being discovered early and the technique in successfully removing or destroying these cancers is steadily advancing. Full recoveries have been made in thousands of reported cases in which patients were on the alert and sought early, competent treatment. Physicians warn against neglected conditions which are known to precede the onset of cancer- " lumps, unusual discharges, wounds that will not heal, moles and warts that change in size and color, or other abnormal conditions. Continued irrita tion of any part of the body is often the beginning of trouble. If your family doctor finds a suspicious condition he presumably will not pass judgment as to whether or not it is cancer until he can get com plete scientific confirmation. Many people who fear they have cancer are worry ing without cause. A complete physical check up which shows there is nothing wrong is a very com forting assurance. Thorough and competent peri odic physical examinations may help doctors to discover cases of cancer while there is still time for successful treatment. Should suspicious symp toms appear at any time, see your doctor at once. The Metropolitan will gladly send you its free leaflet on cancer, "A Message of Hope." Address Booklet Department I37-N. Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairman of the Board LEROY A. LINCOLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y . Copyright, 1936, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company t~li ~; ~~~~- -" ~-" W "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."