National Geographic : 1943 Aug
Some heartening facts about Cancer WHAT PROGRESS is being made in the battle against cancer? Are more lives now being saved? The answer is "Yes!" The proof is found in the growing thousands of cured cancer patients who literally have new leases on life. But medical men would like to impress the public with one impor tant point: The chances of cure depend directly upon how early the disease is recognized and treatment begun. Cancer, in the beginning, is confined to a small area. Later, it spreads until cure is difficult, often impossible. People sometimes delay examination of a sus picious symptom-they "wait and see." If this applies to you or someone you know, your own peace of mind calls for an immediate examina tion. Encouragingly, authorities tell us that only a comparatively small percentage of such symp toms prove to be cancers. This is borne out by the following report of a leading cancer clinic... Of several hundred women who applied for examination because they had suspicious symptoms and suspected cancer, only 1112%, or slightly more than one in ten, actually had the disease. Imagine the re lief of the other 881/% who learned that they did not have cancer! Thus, suspicious symptoms do not alwaysmean that cancer is present. They usually do indicate that something else needs medical attention. The difference can be determined only by a care ful examination. It is always best to play safe. Any of the following symptoms warrants an im mediate visit to the doctor... 1. Any unusual lump or thickening, espe cially in the breast. 2. Any irregular or unexplained bleeding. 3. Any sore that does not heal, particularly about the mouth, tongue or lips. 4. Persistent indigestion, often accompa nied by loss of weight. 5. Noticeable changes in the form, size, or color of a mole or wart. 6. Any persistent change from the normal action of elimination. Metropolitan will send upon request a free book let, 83-N, "A Message of Hope about Cancer." COPYRIGHT 1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. >sk AN~r~rVRSARY868- .. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.