Zooming In

Zooming In: Contemporary Issues Through a Jewish Lens

Zooming In is a lecture series focused on themes in modern Jewish life, wellness, thought and literature. Pre-registration is welcome but not necessary. All are welcome to participate in this book club. Coffee is on us!

Upcoming series dates:

Ashkenazi Jews and Cancer


Berney Theatre $5 M / $7 NM

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  • Over time, the genetic traits that Ashkenazi (Central and Eastern European) Jews have passed down through generations include a greater frequency of carrying certain changes in genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are associated with an increased risk of cancer
  • Everyone has two copies of each of these genes, one that is inherited from their mother, and one from their father
  • Some specific changes, or mutations, in BRCA1 and BRCA2 occur more frequently in Ashkenazi Jews than in the general population. These mutations increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast and ovarian in women and breast and prostate in men.
  • About one out of every 40 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, as compared to one out of every 800 members of the general population, according to the Centers for Disease Control
  • Although these genetic mutations increase the risk of developing some cancers, not everyone who carries a gene mutation will develop cancer

Come hear from our panelists who will include a geneticist, radiologist as well as speakers who share their personal experience and perspectives.

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