Marking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the candid documentary THE EDUCATION OF DEE DEE RICKS, by award-winning newswoman Perri Peltz, chronicles the transformation of a successful businesswoman to determined advocate for poor breast-cancer patients. The film, which  takes a no-holds-barred look at  Ricks’ own battle with the disease, debuted Thursday on HBO: you can still catch it on Sunday, October 30 (5:30 p.m.), and Nov. 2 (8:30 a.m.), 5 (10:45 a.m.), 8 (12:15 p.m.), 18 (4:00 p.m.) and 21 (10:00 p.m.).



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  • Judith A.Ross November 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for alerting me to this excellent documentary. I watched it last night. Amidst the October flurry of pink it provides a refreshing dose of honesty.

    I applaud Dee Dee and Cynthia for their willingness to show what cancer looks like when it is not tied in with teddy bears and pretty pink bows.

    That a woman’s outcome can be so different based on her economic status and access to health care and, in this country, health insurance, is a crime. If I hadn’t had health insurance, I doubt I would still be here nearly 18 years after my own diagnosis (like Dee Dee I too was diagnosed at age 39).

    This documentary is proof positive for why the U.S. must catch up with the rest of the civilized world and adopt a health care system that gives everyone access to care.

    Indeed, as Dr. Harold Freeman says, “This is not only a medical challenge, it is a moral challenge.”