BRCA gene

New Push For Changes In BRCA Testing

Consensus forms among cancer researchers that all Ashkenazi Jews need screening, regardless of family history.

08/02/2016 - 13:33
Deputy Managing Editor

Over the past few years, dozens of breast cancer researchers in separate labs all came to the conclusion that doctors are using the wrong criteria to decide who should be tested for the cancer-causing BRCA genes. Now they’ve banded together to convince medical professionals, insurance companies and the rest of the healthcare field to change the rules on who is, and isn’t, eligible for genetic testing.

Dr. Larry Norton: “If you only test people with family history, you’re going to miss half the cases.” COURTESY OF MSKCC

All Ashkenazi Jews Should Test For Cancer Gene, Study Says

New research challenges current practice of only testing those with a family history.

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

All Ashkenazi women aged 30 and over should undergo screening for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, a new study says.

Of Mutations And Men

Male carriers of BRCA mutations face uncertain risks.
10/15/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Bill Kolodin participates in an annual ritual that is a mystery to most men. Every spring, the retired liquor storeowner sits in a room full of anxious women, listening for his name, awaiting his yearly mammogram.

Rabbi Jonathan Adland turned anger into action when he was diagnosed with both forms of the BRCA mutation.

In the war on breast cancer, Israel leads

10/31/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Irit Paneth, in and out of remission from breast cancer for more than a decade, was among the thousands who wound their way like a giant pink-and-white ribbon through Jerusalem's streets in the first Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure held in Israel.

"What's important here is to raise awareness," Paneth said during the Oct. 28 march, wearing the pink T-shirt reserved for breast cancer survivors.

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