What’s Jewish about Breast and Ovarian Cancer?: A Health Education Program for the Austin Jewish Community

What’s Jewish about Breast and Ovarian Cancer?: A Health Education Program for the Austin Jewish Community

One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews—men and women—carries a BRCA gene mutation. This is more than 10 times the rate of the general population, nearly doubling Jews’ risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

An educational program on the BRCA gene mutation and its enormous implications for the Jewish community will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the JCC Community Hall followed by round-table discussions.

The program features medical professionals from Texas Oncology, some of whom are part of the Austin Jewish community. Topics include the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer, genetic testing and managing and preventing hereditary cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and melanoma.

This community-wide event has been planned and coordinated by representatives from congregations and Jewish women’s organizations in Austin, and is sponsored by Texas Oncology, Seton Breast Care Center, Shalom Austin and Jewish Family Service.

The program is free to attend. RSVP at shalomaustin.org/BRCAEvent. ■

For more information, contact co-chairs Linda Aronovsky Cox at lindacox@austin.rr.com or Sandy Sack at ssacktx@gmail.com.

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