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This webinar was presented to parent groups in the BC Jewish community on April 12th 2021. Event description: “Many of us are not aware of our Jewish roots that put us and our families at greater risk of several genetically-driven cancers. Join us to learn about the BRCA genes, which affect 1 in 40 people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and increase the risk of early onset and aggressive cancers. During this hour, we will talk about options for testing, cancer prevention and how to discuss this difficult issue with your children and other family members. This event will feature personal stories from community members and Q and A with members of the BC Cancer Agency’s Hereditary Cancer Program and a special presentation by Dr. Lesa Dawson on BC’s new Survivorship Clinic.”

Please find the link to the recording here: https://youtu.be/zrJRHGjAx44

Randomised trial of population-based BRCA testing in Ashkenazi Jews: long-term outcomes

Population BRCA testing in Ashkenazi Jews reduces anxiety and does not adversely affect psychological health or quality of life.

Manchanda R, Burnell M, Gaba F, Desai R, Wardle J, Gessler S, Side L, Sanderson S, Loggenberg K, Brady AF, Dorkins H, Wallis Y, Chapman C, Jacobs C, Legood R, Beller U, Tomlinson I, Menon U, Jacobs I. Randomised trial of population-based BRCA testing in Ashkenazi Jews: longterm outcomes. BJOG 2020;127:364–375.

It begins with you: the BRCA genes in the Ashkenazi Jewish population

A recent article was featured in the Fall edition of the Journal of Family Practice Oncology, written by two of our own BRCAinBC committee members –  Allison Mindlin, Genetic Counsellor, BC Cancer Hereditary Cancer Program and Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Medical Lead, Hereditary High Risk Clinic, BC Cancer. We are very proud of the hard work of all members of our committee, who continue to work diligently to spread awareness of the importance of BRCA gene testing for the Ashkenazi Jewish population here in BC.

Please find the fully linked article here: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/family-oncology-network-site/Documents/2020FallFPONjournal_Sep14web.pdf