October 30th, 2019 12:00 AM
Sponsored by the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics
You've undoubtedly heard of Angelina Jolie, but have you heard about the so-called Angelina Jolie effect? This term
BRCA mutations are linked to an increased lifetime risk of breast cancer in both women and men, ovarian cancer in
To begin, commit to learn more about BRCA-related hereditary cancers. They will be the subject of a free educational program at the Morton Arboretum on the evening of Thursday, November 14, presented by the
The What's Jewish About BRCA? event will focus on cancer risk among individuals with Jewish ancestry, though all are welcome and encouraged to attend. While BRCA mutations affect people with Jewish ancestry at disproportionate rates, Jolie – who is not Jewish – demonstrates that BRCA mutations can affect anyone. The goal of the program is to help attendees feel empowered with information and resources, such as the concept of a family health history.
Family health history is an important tool that healthcare providers use to assess a person's risk for certain diseases, including hereditary cancers. You can collect relevant information by talking to your relatives about health conditions that affect your family, including symptoms and age of onset. There are several print and digital tools available to help you capture the data and share it with your healthcare provider.
Next, learn about available resources, such as genetic counselors. These licensed professionals have advanced
Meanwhile, other celebrities are bringing BRCA mutations back to the spotlight, as Angelina Jolie did in 2013. Mathew Knowles, father of singers Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles, recently opened up about his breast cancer and BRCA2 diagnoses, encouraging men – and everyone – to advocate for their own health
Will there be a Beyoncé effect? Only time will tell.
Register for What's Jewish About BRCA? at juf.org/BRCApanel. The program is free with advanced registration. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a reception and resource fair and the program will begin promptly at 7 p.m.