National Geographic : 1948 Apr
*r~gi9~II,; YOU are the first line of defense! Alertness is your job. It's up to and tell your doctor you to note cancer's warnings of these warnings early, while chances of cure are times cancer gives best. That's why you, and every one, should learn cancer's "danger signals" (they are listed below), at once if any appear. Some no wnrniner so it's also wise to have a thorough medical examination at least once a year. The second line of defense is diagnosis! ) This is your doctor's job. The "danger signals" are NOT sure signs of cancer, so it's up to your doctor to find out their cause. In many cases the doctor may advise further examination at a cancer clinic or hospital, or by a special ist. If he does, don't be alarmed. The chances are you don't have cancer. For example, out of 654 women who visited one clinic be cause most of them had suspicious symptoms, 605 or 921 per cent were found to be completely free of cancer! The third line of defense is treatment! - " S There are still no drugs, no |I no "sure cures" for cancer only treatments that have successful are surgery, whi< moves the cancer, and radi which destroys it. Success These are cancer's "danger signals" 1. Any unexplained lump or thickening, especial ly in the breast. 2 . Any irregular or unexplained bleeding. 3. A sore that does not heal, particu larly about the mouth, tongue, or lips. 4 . Notice able changes in the color or size of a mole or wart. 5. Loss of appetite or continued unexplained in digestion. 6. Any persistent change in normal elimination. 7. Any persistent hoarseness or un explained cough. Pain is not an early symptom of cancer. To learn more about protecting yourself from cancer, write for Metropolitan's free booklet, 48-N "There's Something YOU Can Do About Cancer." depends upon starting treatment early. Medical experience shows that the chances of effecting a cure are much greaterwhen proper treatment begins in the early stages of the disease. TO VETERANS-IF YOU HAVE NATIONAL SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE-KEEP ITI COPYRIGHT 1M48-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCECOMPANY Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) (b* Frederick II. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVE., NEW YORK 10, N. Y .