Making Cancer Afraid of Us: Changing the Dialogue on Cancer With "The C Word"

A new documentary may change the conversation around cancer.
While promoting his ideas, Servan-Schreiber always insisted that they be supplemented with traditional treatment, not replace them. Something that O’Hara agrees with as she explained her film is not claiming that cancer can be cured through healthy living.
“I am not anti-treatment at all,” said O’Hara. “I know that drugs are necessary to save my life.” In her bout with breast cancer, O’Hara underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Even now, she remains on aromatase inhibitors to decrease the likelihood that she’ll have a recurrence.
“I would like to see more people avoid going down that painful path in the first place,” O’Hara said. “I wish the message of prevention was more embraced in our society and in our culture.”
Prevention is an opportunity for patients to take ownership of their health and wellness, explained O’Hara. “It was so empowering for me, as a patient, to know that I was contributing to all the work that all these amazing doctors were doing on my behalf,” she added.
Making the changes that are laid out in the book and documentary aren’t always easy,  especially in the Western lifestyle. “This documentary will help to lift the veil and expose all of these forces that are in play,” she said.
O’Hara advises that everyone educate themselves and take that first step. “So quickly, almost instantly, you feel better,” she said. “If something makes you feel better, you want to try it again.”
Now, O’Hara continues what she has learned from Servan-Schreiber’s book and friendship noting that her health is “awesome.” She attributed the line to Servan-Schreiber when she said, “In many ways, I do feel healthier than before cancer ever entered my life.”
O’Hara hopes that “The C Word” will help people to be less afraid of cancer. “Maybe people will realize that this is a preventable disease,” she said.

The C Word is available on DVD and video on demand.
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