Jews Against Cancer of the Breast
The Justice and Peace Newsletter of the Commission on Social
Action of Reform Judaism
By David Cohen-Cutler, Summer 2006.
Jacob International, which stands for Jews Against Cancer
of the Breast, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating
Ashkenazi Jews about their hereditary predisposition to breast
and ovarian cancer. The goal is to break the cycle of hereditary
breast and ovarian cancer by advancing education, genetic
testing and preventive treatment.
One in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish women carries a mutation in her
genes that leads to a 33-50% risk of developing breast cancer
by age 50 and 56-87% by age 70. Also, those with this mutation
have a 27-44% chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.
Today a simple blood test can identify such a mutation.
"This information can be very vital to your health care
as you can reduce your risk by up to 96% with appropriate
medical intervention," said Laurie Sklar, Chair of the
Kantor Family Center for Justice at Congregation B'nai Israel
in Boca Raton and founding member of Jacob International.
Jacob International has a speakers bureau, educational materials
and Jewish resources to help families deal with cancer. However
the ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for organizations
like Jacob International. Through education, research arid
funding, this goal will be achieved.
For more information log onto www.jacobintl.org.