In a time where one in every two people in the United States will become diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a documentary like The C Word is both a helpful and informative journey to show how to actively prevent cancer, as well as how this epidemic came to be (and yes, that statistic is correct – one in every two people).
The film’s director, Meghan O’Hara, offers a unique perspective on the subject of cancer, as she reveals that she, too, has been personally diagnosed with cancer. But the perspective isn’t only personal: scientists and doctors and specialists and cancer survivors all share their findings and research to give hope to those fighting the disease.
The C Word rotates between two narrators: O’Hara, as she shares her own personal journey, and Morgan Freeman, who narrates more of the facts, statistics and the story of cancer. This blend of narration provides for both a first-hand story of facing cancer, while also portraying the past, present and future of cancer – an experience that left me feeling equally sad and angry but also somewhat hopeful.
As the film documents, there are scientifically proven methods that help to prevent cancer. We’ve all heard of some of them, like exercising and eating healthy. But why aren’t these truly promoted and ingrained in all of our daily lives if we know that we have the power, ourselves, to help prevent cancer? The C Word addresses the harsh truth that because these anti-cancer methods are not lucrative and/or cannot be monetized, there simply isn’t enough incentive for businesses to get involved. Which, is a terribly depressing thought: that a human life isn’t worth saving, if someone can’t make money off of it. But, fear not, as the film sheds light on some incredible people that are championing these preventative measures to the masses. From David Servan-Schrieber to Dr. Richard Beliveau to Michael Moss, there are people all over the world that are helping to spread the anti-cancer message.
One quote really stuck out to me from the film, which stated, “The way we live influences the way we die.” This is precisely the meaning of the film. The more mindful we can all be of what we put into our bodies, how we treat our bodies, and how we treat each other can truly be the key to eradicating cancer. A hopeful thought for a disease that is known as the C word.
Virgil Films is set to release The C Word on Digital HD and DVD on March 7th, 2017.