One out of eight women will test positive for breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s too many lives disrupted, too many young women left infertile, and too many families broken by disease. We need to fight back.
Having the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation greatly increases a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. Women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations have between a 50-80 percent chance of developing the disease. They also have about a 25-60 percent life risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Hadassah researchers in Israel have confirmed that there is at least a 12 times greater prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations in the Ashkenazi Jewish community.