CANCER IN WOMEN EXPLORED ON FIRST FOUR EPISODES OF SERIES' NEW SEASON
WOMEN & CANCER features will air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on a new season of Pittsburgh 360 beginning October 3
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October 3, 2013
CANCER IN WOMEN EXPLORED
ON FIRST FOUR EPISODES OF SERIES’ NEW SEASON
WOMEN & CANCER features will air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
on a new season of Pittsburgh 360º beginning October 3
PITTSBURGH—A new season of WQED’s Pittsburgh 360º series will include four features on WOMEN & CANCER.
The first feature premieres Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. with “Skin Cancer.” In 2013, more than 9,000 people are expected to die of melanoma. In “Skin Cancer,” WQED speaks with a two-time survivor who is fighting back by spreading awareness about the disease and with a local skin cancer specialist about prevention, treatment and who is at risk for melanoma.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. However, aggressive surgery techniques and advancements in chemotherapy are helping more women survive the disease. On Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. WQED speaks with three women in “Ovarian Cancer” including a young mother who beat the disease and went on to conceive; a woman who despite a long family history of the disease beat the odds and her niece who discovered that she carries a genetic alteration that predisposes her to getting ovarian cancer. All three along with their doctors talk about their diagnoses, treatment and why there is more hope now than ever before.
Lung cancer is becoming the leading cause of cancer death among women, but, more and more women are becoming survivors thanks to early detection through CT screening and better treatment. In “Lung Cancer” on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. WQED speaks with a local lung cancer survivor and her team of cancer specialists.
Dealing with life after breast cancer can be a difficult transition. On Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the series’ final episode called “Breast Cancer” WQED talks with two women who are finding their way and finding happiness as survivors and shows the latest advancements and how cancer is now being treated as a chronic illness in some cases.
WOMEN & CANCER was made possible with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
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