BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The price of a special movie ticket will help fund life-saving cancer research.
The movie is about the discovery of the genes that cause breast and ovarian cancer, and about a woman who carries one of those genes. Its a movie with several important messages.
Writer and director Steven Bernstein said, "It was always an interest for me in doing something that was more significant than the comedies I was doing. I've been writing for a long while; I wrote some books about film."
The movie deals with scientific discovery, but it isn't about science.
"This is about those things in the human condition that I find most inspirational. And by all rights, this is a woman who shouldn't have survived any of her three bouts with cancer, and yet she survived all three," Bernstein said.
Most cases of breast cancer are not inherited. But for women who carry the gene, the risk is dramatically increased.
Dr. Nicoleta Voian of Roswell Park said, "If a woman carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, her lifetime risk to get breast cancer is up to 85 percent. The lifetime risk to get ovarian cancer is up to 60 percent. Therefore they are very high compared to general population."
She points out that most women do not need to be tested for the gene, but women who are at high risk have several options, including enhanced screening, medications that reduce the risk, or even preventive surgery.
The movie is being screened around the country to raise money to help fight breast and ovarian cancer.
"To not only raise money, but to raise awareness, to get people talking about the BRCA gene," Bernstein said.
The screening is at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Amherst Dipson Theater on Main Street.
If you're interested in learning more about your own risk of breast or ovarian cancer and the options to discover and prevent it, call Roswell Park at 877-ASK-RCPI.
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