BRCA Testing - Think It’s Not For You? Think Again.

What Are The BRCA Genes? Who Is At Risk? Why Get Tested?

By Hadassah Greater Atlanta February 5, 2020

J Screen partnered withEmory University’s JScreen program and Winship Cancer Institute to introduce JScreen’s PEACH (Program for Evaluation of Ashkenazi Cancer Heritability) BRCA Study, which includes FREE testing. 

Did you know?  Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews are at 10 times greater risk to have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, regardless of their personal or family history of cancer. A BRCA mutation puts a person at higher risk for certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate. Anyone with a mutation also has a 50% chance of passing it down to each of his/her male and female children.

Rochelle Schube, who carries a BRCA1 mutation, considered all of her options when she learned she was at high risk for cancer. She shares, “It was not an easy decision to have surgery. To some, it may seem like an extreme choice. For others, those who have experienced family member after family member being diagnosed with cancer, it’s a lifeline - an opportunity to take back some power and control in a seemingly powerless situation. I don’t want to disillusion anyone into thinking it’s a simple journey, it’s been tough, but it’s a decision that I’ll never regret.” Rochelle, her mother Maxx and sister Alana, all BRCA1 positive, were honorees at the 2016 Hadassah Breast Strokes event.

For more information on JScreen and the PEACH BRCA Study.  Please visit to learn more about what Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is doing for BRCA & Breast Cancer Research.

Please visit J Screen to get tested.  

Personally, I am being tested in September.   My Grandmother fought and lost her battle to Ovarian Cancer.   I am an Ashkenazi Jew. Update - I was tested in September.  I am BRCA 2+.  I had my Ovaries removed in January.  I have 2 MRIs (pancreatic and breast), colonoscopy, dermatology, and countless other appointments to make sure I am healthy.  

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