BRCA Awareness

Many women worry about whether or not they will someday be affected with breast cancer. In addition, women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer worry about their daughter’s or granddaughter’s risk for breast cancer.

While not all breast cancers are hereditary, research studies have revealed that women and men who are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, are at an increased risk to carry a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer gene alteration.

The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix is committed to helping individuals in the Jewish community learn more about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome. In order to meet the needs of the at-risk Jewish population in the Phoenix area, the Center is collaborating with genetic counselors from Mayo Clinic, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center (Scottsdale Healthcare), City of Hope-Banner Cancer Screening and Prevention Program, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

In addition to education, the Center is committed to providing the necessary resources and support to those individuals who wish to learn more about their personal risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome. We are working with established organizations; Sharsheret and FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) to provide those interested with a comprehensive support network. Individuals who learn that they are at an increased risk for cancer will be referred to a local support group. For those needing financial help to cover counseling and testing, we recommend the Jewish Free Loan to gain access to no-interest loans.

In 2012 and again in 2014, our Center held community events featuring knowledgeable speakers, genetic counselors and survivors who answered questions and shared their stories. For more information on our next BRCA Education event, please contact us at