LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer continues its worldwide theatrical run in 9 more cities on December 6th at 2:00 PM. Qualifying for two Academy Award® considerations, the film is an emotional journey that takes us through the lives of women -- and men -- who are dealing with genetic mutations (BRCA 1 and 2) and their related hereditary cancers. The movie has had successful releases in both Los Angeles and New York City in October.
"No two cancer journeys are the same. Everyone takes a different path when it comes to making decisions." The documentary takes a profound look into the BRCA world examining what it is and how this mutation puts both women and men at risk for developing numerous cancers. Blassberg tells the story of how this disease ripped his family apart and what he must face as a BRCA 2 positive male. The film highlights the message that men carry this mutation half the time and that this lack of information is deadly.
He says, "Most men don't realize that hereditary breast cancer is not only a woman's disease. In fact, men are more likely to die from it because they are unaware of their risk and they don't have genetic counseling or genetic testing. Throughout the film we capture what men with breast cancer and the BRCA gene mutation deal with in such a pink world."
Dr. Kristi Funk, M.D., Angelina Jolie's surgeon and co-founder of Pink Lotus Breast Center, speaks passionately about the need for awareness, and thus the prevention. The film includes additional pre-eminent specialists on hereditary cancer including Dr. Armando Giuliano, Dr. Susan Domchek, as well as cancer survivors plus those who ultimately do not survive -- all featured are hoping to help save the lives of others.
Angelina Jolie put the term B-R-C-A and prophylactic (preventative) surgeries on the map with her initial op-ed piece in the New York Times back in 2013. This film will define what carrying a BRCA mutation means. Patients grapple with tough decisions like whether or not to have preventative surgeries (mastectomy or oophorectomy) to reduce their cancer risk. "Decisions surrounding cancer risk are deeply personal and what is right for one person may not be right for another. The film provides education and knowledge to empower men and women, along with their doctors, to make their own best healthcare decisions," said Amy Byer Shainman, Executive Producer of Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer.
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Produced and Directed By Alan M. Blassberg
Executive Producer Amy Byer Shainman
Co-Producer Marc Romeo
Co-Producer Daniel Lawrence Abrams
Initial funding for the film was raised through a Kickstarter campaign.
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