On Thursday, July 25th, at 7 p.m. at the Muvico in Rosemont a screening of “Decoding Annie Parker“ will take place.
As you may be aware, Angelina Jolie recently had a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA gene. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that patenting of naturally occurring human genes will not be allowed. Now is the time to help spread awareness to families who can take preventative measures before being diagnosed with ovarian and breast cancers.
“DNA is present in almost every type of cell in our body. Our DNA contains our individual genetic code, a blueprint that contains all the characteristics we inherit from our parents.
When one of our cells is about to divide, the DNA repackages itself into pairs of bundles called chromosomes. Each chromosome carries a certain amount of genetic information, distributed in units of information called genes. Each gene instructs cells how to make a particular protein. Each of these important products has one or more specific functions such providing structural support in cells or helping to speed up a particular chemical reaction. Even small variations in the genetic code, called mutations, can alter the shape of the protein produced and, consequently may affect its ability to function normally.
We now know that the first so-called ‘breast cancer’ gene, known as BRCA1, acts as a ‘caretaker’ gene. It codes for a protein known as breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein. This protein repairs breaks in DNA that often occur during normal cell division or following other causes of damage such as natural radiation. Hundreds of different mutations in the BRCA1 gene have now been documented, many of which are associated with an increased risk of cancer, especially breast and/or ovarian cancer.”
We hope to raise money and awareness for the BRCA gene research and for Force: Facing our risk of cancer empowered.
Watch a Clip of it below if you have not had a chance to experience this film.
Decoding Annie Parker: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Decoding-Annie-Parker/218537534833277
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