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Women and Cancer

WQED is pleased to partner with Highmark to bring you these special reports on "Women & Cancer." According to the American Cancer Society, getting the facts about cancer is an important step in taking care of your overall health. This four-part series looks at the latest techniques in preventing, detecting and treating some of the most common cancers affecting women: skin, ovarian, lung and breast cancers. It also examines efforts to improve the quality of life for cancer patients after treatment. More detailed descriptions of our in-depth reports are listed below.

WQED-TV Special Reports

Skin Cancer - WATCH NOW
We begin this four part series with a look at an aggressive and sometime fatal form of skin cancer. More than 9,000 Americans are expected to die this year of melanoma. We talk to a local skin cancer specialist about prevention, treatment and who's at risk for melanoma. We also talk to a two-time survivor who is fighting back by spreading awareness of the disease.

Resources, Links & More Information:
American Cancer Society - Melanoma
Miles Against Melanoma
Miles Against Melanoma on Facebook
Melanoma 101

Ovarian Cancer - WATCH NOW
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. But with aggressive surgery techniques and advancements in chemotherapy, more women are surviving the disease. WQED talks with Julie McMullen, a young mother who beat the disease and went on to conceive a child. Another local woman, Elaine Becker, shares her story of beating the odds, despite a long family history of cancer. We also sit down with Elaine's niece, Emily Liszka, who discovered that she carries a genetic alteration that greatly increases her chance of getting ovarian cancer. Those women, and their doctors at the Allegheny Health Network, talk about their diagnoses, how they are alive today, and why despite the statistics, there is hope.

Lung Cancer - WATCH NOW
Women And Lung Cancer: It's become the leading cause of cancer death among women. But, more and more women are becoming lung cancer survivors thanks to early detection through CT screening, and better treatment. WQED's Michael Bartley introduces you to a local lung cancer survivor and her team of cancer specialists at Allegheny General Hospital.

Resources, Links & More Information:
West Penn Allegheny Health System
CDC Lung Cancer Statistics

Breast Cancer - WATCH NOW
Every woman has a story. A different stage of diagnosis. A different course of treatment. But there is something they all have in common, dealing with life after breast cancer. It can be a difficult transition. WQED's Tonia Caruso talks with two local women who are finding their way and finding happiness after trying ordeals. Plus a look at some of the latest advancements in treatments and how, in some patients, even if it can't be cured, cancer can be treated as a chronic illness.

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