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More Than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer In America

Airs Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Stan Kozma, Z Film LLC

Above: Production still of a woman sitting in front of a sun lamp, from the segment "fashionable tan" segment from the film "More Than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer In America."

"More Than Skin Deep" examines not only the medical and scientific aspects of skin cancer, but its cultural, historical and social aspects as well. The film reveals how the tanning craze was accidentally popularized by Coco Chanel, how pioneering medical trials for melanoma may revolutionize cancer treatments and how human skin color evolved as a survival response.

"More Than Skin Deep" has been praised by members of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Prevention. It has been warmly received at film festivals coast to coast. View more video clips from this documentary online.

Video Excerpt: More Than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer In America

"More Than Skin Deep" is the informative, engaging and emotional story of skin cancer in America as told by patients, families, doctors, researchers, nurses, advocates and educators. The premise of the film is that skin cancer is a complex medical and social issue that is both biological and behavioral. To that end, the film examines the patient, treatment and research aspects of the disease as well as its cultural, historical and social facets.

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