When it comes to BRCA (BReast CAncer gene) testing, if you think it’s not for you, think again.

What are the BRCA genes? Who is at risk? Why get tested?

Hadassah Greater Atlanta will partner with Emory University’s JScreen program and Winship Cancer Institute on an educational program to answer these questions and introduce JScreen’s PEACH (Program for Evaluation of Ashkenazi Cancer Heritability) BRCA Study, which includes free testing. It will take place Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs.

Speakers include BRCA previvors Stacey Davis and Rochelle Schube (previvors are survivors of a predisposition to cancer, meaning they have a higher risk for developing a specific type(s) of cancer, but have not been diagnosed); Dr. Jane Meisel, assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology; Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid, JScreen executive director and assistant professor of human genetics.

Attendees can not only find out more about BRCA but also see if they are eligible to participate in the study. The event is free but reservations are required. Register by visiting https://bit.ly/31cC9BX or calling 678-443-2961.

For more information on JScreen and the study, visit www.jscreen.org/brca. To learn more about what the Hadassah Medical Organization is doing for BRCA and breast cancer research, visit https://bit.ly/2zlSmu3.


  • Occurred Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Everett Catts is news editor of the Northside, Sandy Springs and Vinings Neighbor Newspapers. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and grew up in Atlanta.

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