National Geographic : 1931 Jun
All Over the World C7,HEN the hoped-for, worked-for and prayed-for discovery is really made the whole world will be told of it by front-page headlines in newspapers, radio broadcasting and magazines. Meanwhile science is making steady prog ress in fighting the disease which kills more people, past 40, in the United States than any other disease but one-heart disease. As in many other wars against disease, the great weapon at present is education spreading the knowledge that cancer in its early stages can often be destroyed by ra dium and x-rays or removed by surgery. But there is no accepted proof that any drug, serum or local application can cure it. Cancer itself is neither hereditary nor con tagious. Its early development is usually painless. But while cancer prowls, like a thief in the night, attacking and robbing the un wary, alert defense against it is saving thousands of lives. Complete health ex aminations, made in time to locate the presence of the enemy, are the best de fense against cancer. Be suspicious of all abnormal lumps, strange qN New York, London, Paris, Ber Slin and other great medical cen ters of the world, physicians and scientists are at work night and day trying to find the cause, prevention and cure of cancer. INDIAN growths, swellings, sores that refuse to x't' heal, or unusual discharges from any part .2J. of the body. Look out for moles, old scars, 'U "- birthmarks or warts that change in appear ance. 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 beginning of cancer trouble. Quacks and charlatans, who claim to have discovered secret cancer "cures", prey upon the ignorance of their victims-and their victims lose precious time when every hour is of utmost value in preventing the growth of the disease. S Modern science appeals to intelligence. SMany untimely deaths can be prevented J by getting rid of cancerous growths. More IH especially is this true while they are local : and confined to a small area. SSend for the Metropolitan's booklet, "A Message of Hope". Ask for Booklet 63 -N which will be mailed free. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT .* ^ ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."