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יהודים וסרטן

Jews and Cancer

NEXT EVENTS
October 1, 2018
7:00 pm

Panel Discussion: BRCA and the Genetics of Cancer

Harrison Public Library

Harrison, NY

 

October 4, 2018
7:00 pm

Lecture: Breast Cancer and Jewish Law

Temple Emanuel of North Jersey

 Franklin Lakes, NJ

October 28, 2018
11:00 am

Panel Discussion: BRCA and the Genetics of Cancer

Congregation Kol Ami

White Plains, NY

What is Jewish About Cancer?

There are a number of cancers that afflict Jews more than other groups, yet there are also a few cancers that seem to rarely strike Jews.  Mutations of genes designated “BRCA” confer a 74% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer as well as a significantly elevated incidence of other cancers. These mutations occur in Ashkenazi Jews at ten times the frequency of the general population.

Cancers Common in Jews

A number of cancers occur more frequently in individuals of Jewish descent compared to the general population. Awareness of this can help you to manage your cancer risk.

Cancers Less Common in Jews than in Others

A few cancers occur less commonly among Jews than in the general population.  In the case of at least one cancer, this can be directly attributed to Jewish practices. 

Cancer Genes in Jews

Recent research into the human genome has revealed facts about the frequency of cancer genes in individuals of Jewish descent. Certain gene mutations common in Jews confer high risk for specific cancers.

Manage Your Cancer Risk

Click the button below for concrete ways that you can manage your cancer risk.