Breast Care Center Appears on Lifetime TV Short FilmPosted by in Breast Care Center
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Lifetime television is premiering five short films, collectively called Five, on October 10, 2011. The directors of the films are an array of well-known actresses and directors – Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris, and Patty Jenkins. Aniston also served as one of the Executive Producers of the project.
In anticipation of the film’s release, Aniston recently toured a new, as yet unopened breast care center in Alexandria, Virginia along with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden. Aniston reportedly broke into tears when she took part in a panel discussion that involved hearing the stories of breast cancer survivors.
Each Lifetime TV film tells the story of a character who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and shows how the diagnosis affects her life and the lives of those around her.
The film directed by Demi Moore is called Charlotte and is set in 1969. It stars Jeanne Tripplehorn, Annie Potts, and Bob Newhart. Tripplehorn’s character’s mother dies of breast cancer, prompting her to grow up to become an oncologist.
Cheyanne is the film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Lyndsy Fonseca and Taylor Kinney. Set in present day, it includes Tripplehorn’s character from Moore’s film. Cheyanne explores the sexual and relationship issues that arise when a woman must have a double mastectomy.
Alicia Keys’ film is called Lili and stars Rosaria Dawson and Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a man diagnosed with breast cancer.
Aniston’s film, called Mia, is told in flashbacks, many of which are humorous, and features Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shalhoub, and Kathy Najimy.
The final of the five short films is Pearl, directed by Patty Jenkins. Bringing together the other stories, it stars Tripplehorn as an oncologist who becomes a patient. Other actors in the film are Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shalhoub, Rosario Dawson, Jeffrey Tambor, and Bob Newhart.
Preventative Breast Care
The Lifetime film highlights the importance of preventative breast care in order to obtain early breast cancer diagnoses. The earlier cancer is caught, the better chance a patient has for survival, as well as potentially avoiding mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast).
The first line of defense is a monthly breast self-examination. Instructions for these exams can be found easily online. The second line of defense is a breast examination by a gynecologist. The recommended frequency of these examinations varies based on a woman’s age and family history. The third line of defense is the mammogram. The recommended frequency of mammograms also varies based on a woman’s age and family history.
Every woman should visit her gynecologist and receive guidelines for how often she should have these examinations. Men should also speak to their physicians about how to avoid breast cancer. While men are less likely to develop it, breast cancer is not just a female disease.
Statistics show that early detection using these methods saves many lives.
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