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One in 40 Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews 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. If you have a strong family history of cancer, have considered genetic counseling, or have opted for genetic testing, we can help.
Speak with other young women at risk who share your experience in our national peer support network. Our confidential “Links” connect over the phone and through e-mail, and offer invaluable friendship and support. Meet other Sharsheret peer supporters and hear their stories in this video.
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. Other booklets in the Sharsheret Educational Resources Booklet Series that may be of interest to you include:
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