Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies. The title of the riveting new PBS documentary perfectly captures the essence of cancer throughout the last 4 decades.
The film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, tells the complete story of cancer from its first appearance in Ancient Egypt to the modern malady that still affects millions of people today.
According to the film's website, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion." The documentary seeks to reshape the way the public views cancer, stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it.
In an interview with Mother Jones magazine, director Ken Burns delves into the unique, comprehensive approach he takes in exploring the history of cancer and cancer treatment throughout the film, and remarks on his optimistic stance on the future of the disease.
The film, which aired on PBS April 1st, is available for viewing here.
Other News From Around the Web
- This article from Healthcare News provides some great tips on preparing for your first colonoscopy.
- New research suggests that overall cancer incidence and mortality rates are largely stable or decreasing.
- This article from a local news outlet in Kentucky emphasizes that colon cancer may be in its latest stages by the time symptoms appear, and this is why screening is so critical.
Image Source: Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies website