At Risk Or BRCA Positive: Sephardic Jews

While much research exists regarding BRCA gene mutations in men and women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, recent studies show that Sephardic Jewish (Jews from Spain, Portugal, or the Middle East) women may also be genetically predisposed to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer. If you have a strong family history of cancer, have considered genetic counseling for you or your children, or have opted for genetic testing, we can help. Sharsheret means “chain” in Hebrew, and the links in our chain represent the diversity of the Jewish community.  If you would like to be connected with another woman of Sephardic Jewish descent who is at risk for or is facing breast cancer or ovarian cancer, call us at 866.474.2774 to join our Peer Support Network.

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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.

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Genetics Seminars

Learn more about the importance of understanding family medical history as it relates to your own health and stay informed with relevant information from experts in the cancer community, including our symposium on Breast Cancer Genetics and the Sephardic Jewish Woman.

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Genetics Booklets

Read our genetics booklet, Your Jewish Genes: Hereditary Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer, to answer all of 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.

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