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"The Education of Dee Dee Ricks" gives a lesson in cancer care morality

Although one woman is at the center of "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks" (8:30 tonight, HBO), the documentary actually tells the story of two women.

One is Dee Dee Ricks. She's white, wealthy and divorced with two sons. The other is Cynthia Dodson. She's African-American, working class and single. Both women develop breast cancer. But besides being wealthy, Ricks is insured. Dodson is not.

The education Ricks gets is how powerful a factor class, and sometimes consequently, race is in determining how a woman deals with a breast cancer diagnosis. In the process, we all get a troubling lesson in health care and morality.

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