Jewish Genetics 101: What you should know about breast cancer & inheritance

Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Temple Beth El Social Hall, 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA
Cost: 
free and open to the public`

Did you know that Jews are at higher risk to develop hereditary breast and ovarian cancer than the rest of the population? One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews- men and women- carries a BRCA gene mutation, nearly 10 times the rate of the general population. Recent studies show that Sephardic Jews may also be genetically predisposed to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Join us to learn more. The presentation will cover:

  • BRCA genes
  • associated cancer risks
  • when to test
  • family history
  • options for treatment
  • emotional consequences
  • insurance concerns

National resources will be available and time will be set aside for questions and answers with experts in the field.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please pre-register. Email info@jfswm.org or call 413.737.2601.

Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Western MA, Family Cancer Risk Program of Baystate Medical Center, and Temple Beth El.