Health Education Event Addresses Link Between Ashkenazi Jews and Breast Cancer

Health Education Event Addresses Link Between Ashkenazi Jews and Breast Cancer

L-R: Sandy Sack, Dr. Debra Patt, Linda Aronovsky Cox, Dr. Helen Dinkelspiel, Elizabeth Gorrick, Gayle Patel, Dr. Julie Sprunt, Dr. Jeff Yorio

By Linda Aronovsky Cox

What’s Jewish about Breast and Ovarian Cancer, a health education event held October 21 at the JCC Community Hall, featured two geneticists and four oncologists and surgeons from Texas Oncology. The group presented information to more than 100 attendees about risks posed by the BRCA gene mutation, which occurs among Ashkenazi Jews at 10 times the rate of the general population. The event was the result of a community-wide collaboration that included representatives from Congregation Tiferet Israel; the Sisterhoods at Congregation Agudas Achim, Congregation Beth Israel, and Temple Beth Shalom; and Hadassah and National Council of Jewish Women; and was sponsored by the Seton Breast Care Center, Seton Foundation, Texas Oncology and Shalom Austin. ■

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