National Geographic : 1935 Nov
Cancer of the Breast? Many women who fear that they have breast cancer are worrying without cause Most "lumps" in the breast are not cancer. But the dangers of untreated cancer of the breast are so great that every woman owes it to herself to discover the true nature of any lump, or other unusual condition, as soon as she becomes aware of it. Breast cancers are being treated successfully - frequently without disfigurement. It appears, from the experience of a large number of cancer experts, that about 70 per cent of all cases, when treated properly and before the cancer has spread l<i beyond the breast, show no return after five years. The chances of permanent cure are greatly increased if the condi tion is treated in the very earliest stage. Breast cancer occurs at almost any age but mainly among women over forty. After a woman reaches the age of thirty, careful examination of the breasts should always be a part of her periodic health examination. Husbands should urge their " wives to have examinations regularly. Whenever a lump is discovered in the breast, a careful and sW exact study should be made to determine whether it is defi- i! nitely cancer, possibly cancer, or not cancer at all. Your am physician will probably recommend that the diagnosis be 5 made by a specialist. In its early stages a breast cancer usually § yields to expert use of surgery, with or without the help of X-rays or radium. Safety lies in prompt action. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ". ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. QOis6 M.L .I.CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."