Monthly Archives: September 2020

New BRCA Research Opportunities for Men

 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking male participants (30-75) with a genetic risk factor for developing prostate cancer. The study includes regular MRI screening and biopsies for those showing irregular tests. For more information, please contact Anna Couvillon at the National Institutes of Health.





Graphic Novel Study

Are you a male at high risk for developing hereditary cancer but has not been diagnosed with cancer? Do you have a family history of carrying a BRCA1/2 genetic mutation? Do you feel you have information to make informed health and family decisions about your future? Are you interested in sharing your experiences to help others?

Participate in a 60-minute online interview. Participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card. If you are interested in this research opportunity, please the study coordinator Ms. Lexi Ingle at



With the growth of ancestry services like 23andMe, we are more aware than ever of our genes and how important they are! What we may not know is how our Jewish ancestry puts us and our children at greater risk for health issues now and in the future. Join us for a virtual event October 1, 2020 at 7pm to learn about your Jewish genes and increased risk for people with Jewish ancestry for certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, aggressive prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

This event is for both men and women and will feature speakers from across North America, including Amy Byer Shainman aka “the BRCA Responder” and author of Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew; Matt Seaton, Peer Navigator with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered); as well as members of our BC Cancer Agency’s Hereditary Cancer Program and High Risk Clinic, including Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Surgical Oncologist and Allison Mindlin, Genetic Counsellor. Not only will you learn more about your risk, but you will learn where and how you can get tested and what you can do to prevent cancer now and in the future.

Please register at to connect with the experts here in BC and around the world. Tickets are by $1, $18 or $36 donation towards supporting BRCA awareness, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.