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Viewers see many scenes set in wards and operation rooms, because two-thirds of the series was shot in a hospital in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality.

The crew says they were impressed with the courage and passion of the hospital's doctors and patients.

"Many patients volunteered to help," Liang says. "They weren't even afraid of showing their wounds for the cameras, because they said they hoped more women would learn from their experiences and cherish their health."

Some of these patients ended up taking roles in the show, while many of the hospital's doctors provided consulting to the crew.

Liang says she both appreciates the courage of the patients and feels sorry for them.

"In my view, the shape of a woman's body is the most beautiful thing," she says. "So when it is severely damaged, even though it's covered with clothes, many women still feel incomplete and struggle to face themselves, their loves and their families; this is what we want to explore."

In the drama, the onset of breast cancer comes along with doubt, hatred and hurt among many families. While the disease upsets the peaceful lives of the family members, through love and strong will, they persevere to find happiness.

"The story is not only for women but also for men," Guan explains. "What is the right attitude for men, as lovers or husbands, to have before the disease? I hope that through this story people would come to think about it."

Guan's own attitude is perhaps best shown by a line used in the opening of the drama: "For My Mother". His wife Liang says the director was also paying tribute to all the women who are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.

In 2003, China joined the Pink Ribbon campaign, part of the global supportive community raising awareness about the disease and working for prevention and a cure. Since then, new progress has been made, such as the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund launched by the China Association of Social Workers last month.

(China Daily February 26, 2008)

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