National Geographic : 1940 Mar
THE MOST COMMON FORM OF CANCER -- and what you should know about it GASTRIC CANCER - STOMACH CANCER - is the most common form that cancer takes. And it causes the largest number of cancer fatalities. But... today many sufferers are being relieved by improved treatment and operative technique. With greater frequency, cases are being recognized and treated early, with more promise of success. There's the crux of the matter - catch stomach cancer early. For, when cases are recognized early enough for proper treat ment, the chances of cure are distinctly in creased. What can you do about it? Don't delay letting your doctor know about any symp toms that might mean the beginning of stomach cancer. The symptoms are some times vague, but usually definite. Here are some to look out for: Persistent lack of appetite; unexplained, per sistent indigestion, coming on ratherabruptly and aggravated by meals, particularly meat; feeling of pain or soreness after eating. . These signs may not mean that you have stomach cancer. But they do mean you should see your doctor right away. And if he has reason to sus pect cancer, he may recommend a systematic search for the disease by X-ray, the flexible gas troscope (a modern telescopic instrument that "looks around corners" of the stomach), and other up-to-date methods. The experienced X-ray specialist usually can recognize cancer of the stomach with accuracy and dispatch. Remember, there are few diseases in which early diagnosis and proper treatment are of such vital importance as in gastric cancer. Your chances of cure are much better when you act promptly. And when today's improved, expert gastric sur gery comes to your aid, it is remarkable how quick and complete recovery may be, provided the disease has not had time to spread. For further information about cancer, send for Metropolitan's free booklet,"A Message of Hope." Write to Dept. 340-N. COPYRIGHT1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCECO, 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.