Lifetime will premiere the original movie event, FIVE, tomorrow night, October 10, at 9 p.m. The network’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” initiative has been dedicated to offering women the most up-to-date, comprehensive information about breast cancer for more than 17 years.

The story arc of these five short films is connected by the thread of the death of Pearl’s mother from breast cancer in 1969 when Pearl was about eight years old.  It begins therefore in a time when men walked on the moon but no one used the word breast cancer without fear and shame; a time when women with breast cancer had little support based on any real comprehension of their psychological and social needs; and certainly a time when children were told nothing, if possible. Pearl becomes a breast oncologist, and it is her relationship to each of these stories that ties them together. These films explore the way women who have a diagnosis of breast cancer perceive themselves, how they search for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs, and a cure while finding meaning and joy in their lives.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Ginnifer Goodwin star as the women with breast cancer in each segment. Each film is directed by a woman and most of the producers are women. The directors are Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins, and Penelope Spheeris.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths among women, affecting one in every eight females, with one in 35 of those women often dying from the disease. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, with 40,000 deaths attributed to the disease each year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women, who are more likely to die from the disease than other ethnicities due to later detection and delayed treatment. Among Hispanic women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

This film was sponsored by Walgreens Way to Well Commitment and Ford Warriors in Pink.

Join us at on October 10th at 9pm EST as we share this film together.  Send in your reviews and responses to FIVE in the comment section below.

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