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NCJW Miami: Hereditary Cancer and What You Need To Know

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Studies have shown that 1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jews (men and women) have a BRCA mutation--and most are unaware! Compare that to the general population incidence, where BRCA mutations occur in 1/300-1/800 people. Woman who carry a BRCA mutation have up to a 90% lifetime risk of breast cancer and up to a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. Men also have just as much of a chance of having this mutation, and run a higher risk of prostate and male breast cancers. If we can identify who carries these genetic mutations before they develop cancer, we can prevent cancer. We can do this!

This is a free event, open to men and women.
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Dr. Liz Etkin-Kramer, Ob/gyn in practice on Miami Beach for 25 years. Dr. Etkin-Kramer is the founder of Yodeah, a nonprofit organization committed to educating about hereditary cancer in the Jewish Community and facilitating cost-effective genetic testing. Knowledge is power and Knowledge saves lives.

Briana Schwarz, is Sharsheret’s Florida Regional Director. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit or- ganization supporting Jewish women and families facing breast cancer.

Genetic testing:
Color Genomics will provide a lab representative and a genetic counselor to administer saliva testing. The testing is very cost effective; for BRCA genes it is $99, and for a multigene panel of 30 different hereditary cancer genes it is $150.
The testing results are emailed to you within 4 weeks and you have the additional option of reviewing the results with a genetic counselor on the phone. This consult is included in the lab cost.