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"4: Page Sixty-four THE GUARDIAN J[[fIUJjjjjfrJjjjj]iIff]jjiiiiiiifffrfiIIiPfiiIi1ijiiiiiii[ifIl$ijiiiiiiiiif$iifiII]J]jiiiii4ijiifii]][j[lJjl]ijijiiiiiiiiiiiiiiififlIJ]JJiiiiiiiii r00*Jiitllilllillltjjltll'liJiJiliJJliil[l[lllll ltlJW]JlJ rtllillilllililliitliiitiiititrJllltjli]ll I Illt]li]JltlJllliJilliililli[ ,H. $1]i$1I]II$ .lit "'"' ..... ii iHiiiiiI]]iliIiiiiiiiiiiiii[iiIIiiiiiiiiiiiIjIi]iiqHiiiiiiiiiIfii N i-. Here ,Are the Danger Signals That May Mean Cancer/ e The Control of Cancer " i By FRANK BILLINGS, Se. D., M. D. Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College and the University of Chicago foday physicians are fighing another dreadful plague--CANCEIL This diseasa has no terrors for the 'young for the death toll of this disease N ANY LUMP, ESPECIALLY IN THE is not taken un[;il mid-life. After the age of forty Cancei' becomes one of BREAST the most potent agencies of the Angel of Death. Under the efficient lead- ership of the American Society for the Control Cf Cancer, tle medical ANY IRREGULAR BLEEDING OR profession designated the week of Novembec 12 to 18 a nationwide "Can-  DISCHARGE cer Week" devoted to the attempt to educate the people to, recogmze the early symptoms of Cancer, in ordr that its victims may obtain prompt as- = ANY SORE THAT DOES NOT sistance and check the trouble in its beginning when a cure can be ef- = HEAL, PARTICULARLY ABOUT iected. When the disease is far advanced, it is always fatal; there is NO THE TONGUE, MOUTH OR LIPS LATE cure for Cancer. In the EARLY recognition of Cancer lies the hope.of cure ! PERSISTENT INDIGESTION, WITH Ninety thousand people die yearly of cancer in the United States and . LOSS OF WEIGHT the number of deaths from this disease is steadily icreasino'. Many of  these lives could be saved if the treatment of the disease were begun in e DON'T BE ASHAMED TO TALK time. Today ninety thousand people haveCancer in an eal"ly and curable ABOUT CANCER stage; a majority of these will die of the disease unless they seek treat- -: merit in time to be cured. Is it not still true, as of old, that we are our brothers' keepers? Will _ you not help this cause by informing yourself of the early signs and symp- toms of Cancer and by spreading the news to others? We ask you to help these sufferers before it is too late by joining in the Cancer Week ac-  ........................................ tivities. Above all, inform yourselves as to the early symptoms of Cancer? m.o mom84am em8. um nmo4mm.omm.omm.oumon4mm n a e N ": ' ":" WHAT EVERY ONE SHOULD KN0W ABOUT CANCER I GOVERNOR URGES SUPPORT OF THIS MOVEMENT' The death rate from Cancer in Arkansas is increasing at an appalling rate, largely because of the fact that our pep-  pie are not familiar with the importance of its early recognl- tion and proper treatment. The State Board of Health in- forms us that in 1921 the cancer death rate in Arkansas in- creased approximately 37 per cent over tle death rate for 1919.  November 12-18 was designated by the American_ So- ciety for the Control" of Cancer Week. This is a nation-  wide movement and its obj'cct is to enlighten you on th'i _ subject and provide you with literature that you may rec- ognize the onset of the disease and seek proper aid begbre it has advanced to an incurable stage. It takes money to provide these facts for you and any contribution you may make to the Arkansas State Committee  will be greatly aprpeciated by its members. There are no - salaried members of the Committee and the money is spent i so|ely for the purpose of purchasing and distributing liter- ature. THOMAS C. McRAF. N N ,[ CHAIRMAN ARKANSAS STATE CANCER CONTROL COMMITTEE: I HEREBY SUBSCRIBE ......................... DOLLARS to the State Cancer Control Fund. Signed ......................................... For the Control of Cancer __ Address .......... . ............................... Do you desire further information on cancer? Adtress ARKANSAS STATE CANCER CONTROL COMMITTEE Little lreck, Arkansas ! ' II U{${{fUIImiiIIiIiUji1iiimiiiiiiuiIWi Illllltlllllllltlllllllllllllllltlltlllltllllllllllllllllll $N1iMfifU; UIuMiIIiUIuIdUuHiIIiIIiiIiIUUHiIiiiiIUi lllllHllllllfllllltlllltllllllllllllllFIIIIfl llIll llln[t To the People of Arkansas "Why has there been so much talk about cancer of late years? There are several reasons. The disease is very fre- quent; causing one death out of every ten after the age of 40*, and moreover, it is apparently steadily increasing throughout the world. Familiar to the earliest physicians, it has persisted through the ages of medical progress; but while an immense fund of knowledge has been accumulated there is much still to be learned. Only too often the utmost skill of modern medical science fails to save the patient and people have therefore come to dread it as a hopeless and incurable affliction. Fortutatey the facts warrant a more hopeful view and a systematic effort is now r being made to tell people generally wkat is known about cancer and particularly to describe the warning signs so that this insidious disease may be more frequently discovered and successfully treated in the early stages while a cure is still pos- sible. In the two years and a half that the United States was en- gaged in the great war about 80,000 soldiers were killed or lied of disease. During the same time cancer caused the death of 180,000 people in this country. While these soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice did not die in vain, a large proportion of the deaths from cancer represents a needless waste of human life." THE FREQUENCY AND THE INCREASE OF CANCER Cancer is, indeed one of the most important causes of death. In the continental United States the aunual mortality from all forms of the disease is estimated at about 90,000. It is prob- able that if all these deaths were correctly ascertained and cer- tified,, the total' would reach 100,000 for the year 1920. The mortality rate for cancer is somewhat below 85 per 100,000 per annum. As a group of disease, cancer ranks with lmeumonia, tuberculosis and kidney disease as one of the five or six causes of death which stand second only to heart disease ;n th., C n ,i Bureau's annual report for 1917. The mortality from cancer is apparently on the incre' throughout all civilized countries. In the United States the annual increase in the cancer death rate is approximatcl,, 2 per cent. It is ahnost exelusivelya disease of adult life, for of the total number of deaths from cancer at all ages, about 95 per cent occur after the age of 35 is reached. It is only within a very recent period that the attention of physicians hasbeen drawn to the fact there has been a great increase in the recorded deaths from cancer, not only in the United States, but all over the world. This increase has reached a point where cancer has become the most imm)rtan! ca"', ,, death in women, at least after the age of forty.five, one woman in eight after that age dying of cancer. mo n4wHmo.wm _ = . , m.oeim*,mDi , Ims.oumHmm., ioim.omD o rilE RIGHT WAY , TO ATTACK CANCER CO IMMEDIATELY TO A REPUTA" BLE PHYSICIAN DON'T WAIT TO SEE IF THE CON- DITION WILL GO AWAY OF IT- SELF DON'T USE PATENT MEDICINES THE RIGHT WAY IS THE ONLY SAFE WAY THE GREAT HEED FOR EDUCATING THE PUBLIC But, quite aside from statistics, the disease occurs so freo quently that there is hardly a person who has not known of its occurrence among his or her immediate relative or friends. An- other reason for interest in the subject of cancer is that after the disease reaches a certain stage it is incurable and invaria- bly fatal. It is important to remember, however, that if it is discovered in an earlier stage, ,the cancer can be removed with a very great probability of a permanent cure. This fact does not seem to be generally recognized, and it is for this reason that physicians, health officers and others who are interested in '.mblic 'health and welfare work are .so anxious to show that much more than is being accomplished at present can be done to cure cancer in its early stages. Even though scientific know[- edge of the origin of cancer is still in many points imperfect, the practical knowledge of how to arrest its onset and save the patient in individual cases, is already m mny respects saris- fwctory. Some physicians believe that possibly three-quarte " of the deaths from cancer and all the attendant suffering could be prevented if all members of the medical and nursing pro- fessions as well as the public were adequately instructed in what they each ought to know about this disease. '1"6 campaign of education in regard to tuberculosis which has been conducted for the last twenty years in America has resulted in a very great diminution in the number of deaths from this disease, largely because people have been taught not to delay in consulting  physician. It is perfectly possible to produce the same results in cancer, if all patients suffering from the disease could be taken to a physician and could have the cancer removed while still in an early stage. Practically @ithout exception cancer is at first a local disease; that is, it begins in a little spot all by itself and for a long time may have no effect on the rest of the body. This means that in theory it would always be easily curable if the first spot could be recognized and removed in time. In practice it is difficult and ,in some cases impossible for even the physician to recog' nize it soon enough. The" second practical difficuity is to get the patient to consult a physician immediately after he or she recognizes that something is wrong. If all cases that came to treatment were early cases a great many more patients would be cured. The problem, then, is to get the case into the hands of a competent mescal advisor while it is still in the darly ad curable stage, or even more fortunately, while the patient ex- hibits merely those cofiditions which are now widely recognized as predisposing factors in the causation of cancer. No matter how great his skill or how modern his knowled e the h sician g PY t can not help a patient who does not come to him. Peple mus therefore be taught to recognize the disease when it bgins and to realize that early surgical removal, or the application of other modern remedies which are sometimes useful in compete.t hands, is the only hope of cure, but that the chance for cure ns very grat"f the patient is wise enough to act promptly. Arkansas State Cancer Control Committee The. American Society Office of Chairman, Boyle Bldg. Little Rock, Ark.