National Geographic : 1933 Sep
The majority of cancers -in early stages-can be successfully and completely removed or destroyed by Surgery X-rays or Radium PREAD the encouraging findings about cancer. Too many people can see only the dark side of cancer. There is a widespread and mistaken belief that cancer is incurable and that nothing can be done to stop its destructive progress. Such be lief leads people, who have reason to suspect its presence, to delay having an examination-until it is too late. Another reason why cancer often gains headway is because in its first stages it is usually painless and therefore disregarded. Wounds that refuse to heal warts, moles, scars and birthmarks that change in size or color or be come scaly - abnormal lumps or strange growths under the skin in the breast and elsewhere-unnat ural discharges-all call for imme diate action. Jagged or broken teeth should be smoothed off or removed. Contin ued irritation of the tongue or any METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT LIFE f* ""ml' I jffn=W1 IeEsBQ"2| other part of the body is often the beginning of cancer. When any one of the first signs of cancer is discovered, there is no time to lose. If an early discovery is made, the probabilities are that surgery, X-rays, or radium can effect com plete recovery. Cancer is neither contagious nor hereditary, although the history of the disease shows that certain types of individuals and certain families are more susceptible to cancer than others. Some forms of cancer are obscure and can be detected only by a physician who has had long experi ence with the disease, but many of the ordinary first symptoms would almost surely be discovered in a thorough periodic health exami nation. Tell people that cancer in its first stages can usually be entirely re moved or totally destroyed. Help to save lives. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. 0s33 .L.I.CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."