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What’s Jewish about Breast, Ovarian….and Other Cancers (for women & men)

1:00 – 3:00 pm | Sunday, March 19
TBS Board Room (3rd flr)

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Although most cancers are sporadic, there are many genes associated with the development of hereditary cancers. Of these genes, the BRCA genes are the most well known. Mutations in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes are associated with a marked increase in breast and ovarian cancer, as well as other cancers.  Three specific mutations in the BRCA genes, called founder mutations,  are more common in Ashkenazi Jewish men and women. One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews, both men and women,  are carriers of a founder mutation,  regardless of family history, and most people are not aware they are carriers!  In these high risk individuals, there are specific guidelines to help prevent breast and ovarian cancer, as well as enhanced screening protocols to increase diagnosis at an early, more treatable stage.  Come learn more about these and other Jewish genetic mutations that are associated with a high risk of developing cancer, and learn how to participate in low cost genetic testing. Program facilitated by Elizabeth Etkin-Kramer, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.