the best means of detecting lung cancer in the silent stage, when it is most
Heavy smoking is one of the major
causes ol cancer, according to Dr.
Charles S. Cameron, Medical ancl
Scientific Director of thc American
Cancer Society. In Dr. Cameron's best
seller. The Truth About Cancer, he
states. "Cancers of the mouth and lips
Dave .1 greater chance ol developing
in smokers of pipes and cigars than in
Dr. Cameron states, further, that
thirty years ago studies eif patients
suffering from lung cancer revealed
that as a whole, thev smoked consider-
abl\ mine than did people of a comparable age who eliel not have lung
Cancer. Within the past five years
Scientific investigation has been carried out in some fifteen instance's. The
results have- been much the same. A
history ol heavy cigarette smoking is
encountered more frequently in persons with cancer eif the lung than it is
in the general population.
Too Much Smoking Bad
According to Dr. Cameron's report,
heavy cigarette smoking can definitely
Pause many various forms of cancer.7
Based on the ACS director's findings, here arc important points to
1. Among heavy cigarette smokers,
death rates from cancer of the
lung are at least live- times higher
lli.in among men who never
2. Heavy cigarette smoking is associated with an increase in the
death rates From cancer without
regard tei what kind eif cancer —
amounting to two and a half
3. In general, tin- greater the quantity ol cigarettes smoke-el, the
the higher thc death rate.
I. Death rales ol men who divided
their smoking between cigarettes
and sonic other form of tobacco
are mil as high as those fur me*n
«liii sninkeel cigarettes only, but
they are still higher than rates
Studies made by the American Cancer Societ, reveal that older men who
have been smokers ol cigarettes, ancl
who stop smoking, are neit as likek In
develop lung cancer as those V* ho continue to smoke.H
Improved techniques have been discos, ered in the giving ol X-ray exami-
A new cancer detection procedure is shown
by using the "smear
slide" test developed by
Dr. George N. Papanicolaou. Gastric fluid
from the patient is
being extracted for later
analysis. This technique makes it possible
to detect cancer
almost as soon as it
starts through microscopic examination of
secretions of the
lungs, reproductive system, bladder, stomach, lower intestines and
of other body fluids.
nations ancl treatments. A new method
has been developed by M.I.T. which
allows thc patient to sit in a rotating
chair while the X-ray is aimed to penetrate and destroy tbe cancer cells.
Thus, there is no danger to the normal tissues through which the X-ray
travels as it attacks thc tumor.
Previously, in routine screening, a
single X-ray picture was inadequate
for revealing early cancer in thc portion of the lung under the breastbones.
Research is taking place now which
will eliminate the necessity of taking
several .X-rays in order to diagnose
a patient's case. Eventually, a super
X-ray will curtail thc effects of overexposure nl the body to X-rays. Also,
when its film is developed, the- X-ray
W ill reveal a larger portion of the area
being examined than the- present
Cancer Surgery Improved
Doctors can now perform safer anel
more- efficient cancer surgery through
recent discoveries of improved methods ol anesthesia, blood transfusions,
anel the use of antibiotics to kill infections. There is a better chance for a
successful cancer removal through surgery by the increased knowledge of
Large-scale progress has been accomplished in the field of radiation
research. At Hoose-v ell Hospital in
New York, an entirely new principle-
is being used In treat lancer through
radiation. A radium beam projector
worth one million dollars is being employed to attack cancer. The rays from
the projector can effectively penetrate
:t deep-seated cancer with a minimum
amount of skin damage."1
Radiation bits become Increasingly
important as a cure, through the- development nl more powerful sources
WIDE WOULD I'llE) I . ■
of energy, better sources of application such as rotation and reduction of
side effects. Radioactive isotopes are
extremely valuable as research tools
ancl in treatment. In some thyroid
cases, radioactive iodine is a proved
killer of cancer cells that have colonized.
Dr. A. C. Ivy, a widely known medical researcher, has completed a report
on Krebiozen therapy. Krebiozen is a
body hormone growth-regulator, and
has been described by Dr. Ivy as a
possible long-sought "key" to cancer.11
Dr. Ivy and two hundred other physicians claim to have successfully used
Krebiozen in the treatment of hopeless
eases eif cancer. The American Medical Association, however, withholds its
sanction of this treatment, as well as
of several either so-called "cure" treatments administered in various parts
of the country.12
If a person is sensible enough to
observe the prescribed check-ups even-
six months, and if some day he is the
one person in four attacked by cancer,
the chances are greatly in his favor
that the disease vvill be caught in that
early and curable stage from which
he can expect complete recovery.
The tremendous value- of a physical
examination is not limited to detecting
cancer. Often a check-up uncovers
other, unsuspected conditions that
might become serious if not corrected.
In fact, it is reported that cancer is
found in only about one in every one
hundred presumably well persons examined. The possibility of recovery
•Charles S. Cameron, M.D., The Truth About Can-
llt. [E. 54, IEBbIb. t.S l'BVIltisS-Hull, lllSJ., KlBelESEEEEBsl,
N.I. i 1958).
Ilml . p. 55.
'American Cancer Society, ojt. cit., p- 13.
( eeeie-e r .v.Bi.. American Cancer s..s-i. ia .
"Tbitl., p. 10.
nKreboixeni Ki-ii tn Ciitiritil. by Herbert Bailey.
1 l /->., b-bsei I N,sss!. ii, e. Iiils 27. L956), published
l,s Time Is.r Truth 1'be-ss. P.O. Box 222 i. Palm Besich.
Forum News, December, 1956