The Basser Research Center for BRCA is dedicated to educating the Jewish community about the prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2. In collaboration with FORCE, Sharsheret, and Bright Pink, the Basser Center has provided posters to over 1500 synagogues.
Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (descendants from Eastern and Central Europe) have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the general population.
Women who carry mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 45% risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Men can also carry and pass these gene mutations on to their family, and also have increased cancer risks. There are many things that can be done to address and reduce your risk and save lives.
Do you want a referral for BRCA1/2 genetic counseling in your area? Call (215) 662-2748 or email us today at Basserinfo@uphs.upenn.edu. You can also search the National Society of Genetic Counselors listings here.
Synagogues around the country are collaborating with the Basser Research Center for BRCA to deliver this message to the Jewish community.
Are you interested in bringing the message to your community? Contact Pamela Kline, Outreach Coordinator, for materials, ideas, and speakers to host your own event.