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The Truth About Cancer

The Truth About Cancer is the third installment in PBS’ Take One Step health campaign. It seeks to answer the question, “Why does anyone still die of cancer?” Award-winning filmmaker Linda Garmon shares the story of her husband’s battle with the disease. In the first 90 minutes of the program, she returns to the hospitals and institutions where her husband was treated to chronicle the lives of patients, doctors and researchers who are united in their hope for a cancer cure. Part science, part personal catharsis, part character-driven storytelling, this powerful documentary uncovers the truth about cancer and tells us where we stand in fighting the battle against the disease. Immediately after, news journalist and breast cancer survivor Linda Ellerbee hosts a 30-minute follow-up discussion, “Take One Step: A Conversation About Cancer With Linda Ellerbee.” The panel covers the importance of prevention and screenings, what to expect if you or a loved one is diagnosed and how to live with the disease.