National Geographic : 1941 Nov
THE X-RAY, radium, modern surgery-or a com bination of these lifesavers-today offer more hope than ever of successfully treating cancer. Your most important ally, however, is something that you alone may control. It is Time. By going to your doctor promptly-at the first sign that might mean cancer-you make it possible for competent medical judgment and skill: 1. To determine whether you really have a malignant growth. 2. To treat cancer, if you have it, while there is the best opportunity of cure. Some Common Signs To Look Out For The development of painless lumps or other ab normalities in the breast should be regarded with suspicion. Unexplained bleeding is also a danger sign. Unaccountable loss of weight, chronic indi gestion, or a "general run down feeling" call for thorough medical examination, too. When you discover that a mole, wart, scar, skin growth, or blemish is beginning to change in color or size or texture, or to become painful-that may mean the start of skin cancer. Open wounds which stubbornly refuse to heal may develop into skin cancer. Skin cancers are the easiest of all to detect and cure. Most of them, promptly and properly treated, can be cured without causing disfigurement. Some Dangers To Beware Of Growths constantly exposed to irritation fre quently become cancerous. Amateur razor-blade surgery or medicine-cabinet doctoring of moles and warts often is followed by the development of true cancer. Cleanliness is especially important in the pre vention of mouth cancer. Bad teeth should be cared for or removed. Jagged edges of teeth should be smoothed. Dental plates and bridges should fit com fortably. Some persons have a mouth condition known as leukoplakia-"white spot disease"-which, if untreated, may develop later into cancer. In these cases particularly, the excessive use of tobacco and sharp condiments should be avoided. Beware of quack remedies and "cures" for any condition which may be cancer. There is just one safe, reassuring thing to do when you notice a sus picious sign or symptom: have a thorough examina tion! To make the most of your best ally-Time have it right away! For further information, send for Metropolitan's free booklet, 111-N, "A Message of Hope About Cancer." COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY 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. L1o you know your best ally against CANCER?