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One in 40 men and women of Ashkenazi (Central or Eastern European) Jewish descent carries a BRCA gene mutation, nearly 10 times the rate of the general population, making Jewish families significantly more susceptible to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Men or women who carry a BRCA mutation have a 50% chance of passing that alteration on to each of their sons and daughters. If you have a strong family history of cancer, have considered genetic counseling for you or your children, or have opted for genetic testing, we can help.
Speak one-on-one with our certified genetic counselor about your family history, concerns about cancer risk, and the implications of genetic counseling for you and your family.
Learn more about the importance of understanding family medical history as it relates to your own health and stay informed by experts in the cancer community.
Read our genetics booklet, Your Jewish Genes, to answer your questions about hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer and the impact on you and your family. While this booklet addresses common questions, as with all important medical decisions, be sure to discuss your unique concerns with a health care professional.
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