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The War Against Cancer

In the latest installment of the "Sesno Reports" public affairs series, journalist Frank Sesno tackles cancer, a disease that continues to kill more than 600,000 people a year. The numbers are pretty eye-opening. Men have about a one in two chance of getting cancer, while the odds improve slightly for women to one in three.

Video Clip: Actress Fran Drescher

Video Clip: Dr. Steven Rosenberg

Several cancer survivors tell their personal stories to Sesno, giving moving accounts of how they learned about their disease and how they found ways to cope, battle and survive.

Sesno focuses on medical progress against the disease, as well as new and individualized therapies under development by doctors and researchers. Patient advocate Harry Pinchot relates his one-man crusade to battle prostate cancer and to inform patients diagnosed with the disease.

National Cancer Institute: Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Research Institute

A series of profiles examines the frustrations and experiences of cancer patients. Actress Fran Drescher relates how it took two years and eight doctors to get her uterine cancer diagnois, confirming suspicions that something was wrong with her.

"Eighty percent of all women with ovarian cancer get diagnosed in the late stages, and 70% 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 a possible threat of cancer."

Ovarian Cancer Screening

ABC's Cokie Roberts, a nationally-known journalist used to digging out answers on tough issues, found her battle against breast cancer a daunting experience.

"You have a whole variety of choices. . . .mastectomy vs. lumpectomy, radiation or chemotherapy," says Roberts. "It's not easy to make those choices and I am a person who gets information for a living, and it was very hard for me."

"Cancer Cures: Living With Cancer" airs on public television stations beginning Feb. 13 (check local listings) and is distributed through American Public Television (APT).

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Related Coverage
Health Special Report: Cancer

National Cancer Institute

American Cancer Society

The Debate Over Alcohol

Frank Sesno recently took a look at the role of drinking in American society. The program, "Sesno Reports: America Drinks," will be airing again soon in markets around the nation.

The program examines the controversial issues that frame today's laws and attitudes. The numbers are staggering. In the past 10 years, alcohol abuse among Americans has increased 8.5 percent, with 17,013 alcohol-related traffic deaths recorded in 2003 alone. Recent studies also highlight the toll on college campuses, which have been averaging 1,400 deaths and 75,000 sexual assaults related to alcohol every year.

So, what does a nation with a long history of glorifying alcohol do to deal with these issues?

Let us know what you think, join the discussion:
America Drinks: The Online Debate

And, check out our:
Special Report


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Academy of Sciences

Previous Shows and Transcripts
The Cost of War
(Oct. 28, 2004)

Desperate for Dollars
(April 25, 2004)

Target Washington
(February 25, 2004)
Online Discussion Transcript
(February 23, 2004)

From The Washington Post
Virginia Government Special Report (April 8, 2004)
Maryland Government Special Report (April 8, 2004)