raising awareness and saving lives
Temple Israel is leading the way with a national campaign to raise awareness among the Jewish community about the higher incidence among Jewish families of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the general population.
Women who carry mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 45% risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Men can also carry and pass these gene mutations on to their family.
There are many things that can be done to address and reduce your risk and save lives.
Life changing Event about Inherited Cancer
November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at TEmple Israel
>> Click here to learn more about the event.
Learn from a distinguished panel of experts including doctors, genetic counselors, Rabbi Zimmerman and BRCA carriers from our community.
You will hear personal stories, important medical and genetic information, and have the opportunity to engage in a discussion critical to the entire Jewish community.
If you have questions about your family history of cancer or to locate a genetic counselor in your area, please contact the Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association at www.mygenepool.org.
For more information about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, visit www.sharsheret.org or call 1-866-474-2774.
For more BRCA information, visit www.PennMedicine.org/Basser/Ashkenazi.