“Sesno Reports: Cancer Cures?” Discusses America’s Deadliest Disease

Posted: March 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Can talking on a cell phone give you cancer? Do vitamins and supplements help prevent the disease? In his latest installment of the Sesno Reports, professor of public policy and communication, veteran journalist, and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno answers these and many other questions in “Cancer Cures?” The program airs tonight at 8 p.m. on WETA TV-26.

In addition to debunking the legends and myths many people have about cancer, Sesno examines how far we’ve come in the 30 years since President Richard Nixon declared war on the disease. He also explores what challenges lie ahead for the one in every two men and one in every three women likely to be diagnosed with the illness in their lifetime.

Interviewing cancer survivors, researchers, advocates, and celebrities on new approaches to treating and living with cancer, “Cancer Cures?” highlights radical new treatments and breakthroughs in battling childhood cancers and takes a close look at how minority and low-income communities face their own particular struggle in receiving equitable cancer treatment and early diagnosis.

Actress Fran Drescher shares her personal experiences of overcoming uterine cancer and relates how the medical community often misdiagnoses women’s cancer symptoms. “Eighty percent of all women with ovarian cancer get diagnosed in the late stages, and 70 percent of them will die,” says Drescher. “But how can women expect to get an early diagnosis when they are subjected to a medical community that refuses to recognize the earliest symptoms as a possible threat of cancer?”

Sesno also interviews ABC News’ correspondent Cokie Roberts and talks to leading doctors on the frontlines of the war, including the director of the National Cancer Institute and three-time cancer survivor Andrew von Eschenbach.

“Cancer Cures?” is a co-production of WETA Washington, D.C., and George Mason’s School of Public Policy. For more information, visit the WETA web site or the washingtonpost.com interactive web site.

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