be careful where you clique
Once upon a time all cancer, was lumped into one big category. It was so much easier to understand. Cause and effect was theorized to be external… possibly viral. Today we know that some cancer may arise virally , however the majority of cancers are the consequence of a number of different factors (1) via hereditary transfer (2) from errors in cell signaling (3) from external factors that compromise a cell’s ability to carry out its special purpose (4)…..
The way of all Flesh is a documentary tracing out how one black lady from Baltimore was separated from her cervical cancer cells. The tumor cells went on to outlive her and took up residence in laboratories across the globe. HeLa cells are often employed in scientific research as a model of our own cells; how they may or may not respond to various chemicals.
This film is very dated. As usual scientific understanding has moved on as it always does. Its more complex, in other ways more simplified. Novel treatment for certain cancers are being realized every day. Yet the power of this documentary lies in the insight it offers: very often, we frame problems in the wrong way and inadvertantly miss the boat to “progress”.