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September 25, 2015  RSS feed

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Learn about Jewish genetic disorders, get tested at Tampa JCC on Oct. 27

Carrying the BRCA2 gene for someone of Ashkenazi descent can increase the chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer tenfold, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Tampa Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Tampa JCC & Federation will present “Jewish Genetics: What’s in you Genes?” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Tampa JCC & Federation Cohn Campus.

The free event aims to inform and educate the community about the risks associated with the BRCA gene and other genetic diseases or disorders to which they may be susceptible.

The program will feature presentations by:

• Sharsheret’s Florida Regional Director Briana Schwarz will discuss what’s Jewish about breast cancer;

• The Victor Center will present the importance of pre-conceptive testing in the Jewish community with Dr. Arelis Martir- Negron and Deborah Wasserman, MS;

• Moffitt Cancer Center Genetic Counselor Kathleen Ray will discuss how genetic testing works and who may want to consider testing.

In addition, there will be a new genetic test available at the presentation for attendees.

“Testing for the 19-plus genetic diseases can often be potentially difficult and expensive to get done before a pregnancy has begun. By bringing the Victor Center to us, we hope that the Tampa community will experience pre-conceptive testing in a more readily accessible and affordable way,” says Young Adult Division Director Suzanne Bern.

The new Preconception Jewish Genetic Disease Panel will be offered to attendees immediately following the presentation at a highly subsidized rate. The onsite test will not include cancer genetic screening.

“I want to be knowledgeable about my genetic background and it’s possible future implications, and that’s why I think it’s important for everyone to get tested,” said event chair and YAD Council Member Ilana Glick.

Refreshments will be served at the program being held in conjunction with the Tampa JCC & Federation Festival of Books & Conversation. For a full line-up of festival events, go to

For more information or to register for testing, contact Suzanne Bern at Suzanne. or call (813) 769- 4723. The Cohn campus is located at 13009 Community Campus Drive off Gunn Highway, just east of the Veteran’s Expressway.

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