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Jewish Genetics and Cancer

Jewish Genetics and Cancer:

Lifesaving Steps Men and Women Can Take

1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish men and women – more than 10 times the national average –carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer causing mutation.

These mutations cause higher rates of breast, prostate, brain and ovarian cancers.

Join Us for This Critical Special Discussion! On Sunday November 6th you will learn what steps you can take to save lives–the lives of those you love and your own. Discussion includes fellow CBI members and an acclaimed Hoag Cancer Center Genetics Counselor.

Program details:
What: Presentation and Discussion Followed by Q&A’s
When: Sunday, November 6th 10:00 – 11:30am, Bagels and Coffee Served
Where: Congregation B’nai Israel’s Social Hall, 2111 Bryan Avenue, Tustin CA 92782
RSVP:  No charge, RSVP required to

CBI Members with the BRCA genetic mutation will join the presentation to share their personal stories.

– Ida Eblinger Kelley is a 44-year-old recent survivor diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2015. Her family had no obvious BRCA history going back several generations. Concerned about her young daughters and interested in the emergence of BRCA-based treatments, Ida was tested and learned she is BRCA 1 positive. Subsequently, her parents were tested and learned that her father was the carrier.

– Bonnie Solomon is also a BRCA carrier. Bonnie has a family history of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers, including her mother who passed away from ovarian cancer. When this CBI member learned about genetic testing 11 years ago, and as the single mother of three young sons, she knew she needed to find out. After testing positive with the mutation, she took life-saving steps known to significantly reduce the chances of cancers associated with the mutation.

Jeanne Homer, Genetics Counselor, Hereditary Cancer Program, Hoag Cancer Center Jeanne Homer became interested in cancer genetics after her father was diagnosed with cancer in 1990. She then pursued a master’s degree in genetic counseling from UC Irvine and became a board certified genetic counselor. Her goal is that everyone diagnosed with cancer at Hoag will be offered the opportunity for hereditary cancer assessment, so their families will not have to spend years wondering and worrying about their own cancer risks. She is forever grateful to Nancy Raymon, CBI Congregation Nurse, who brought her to Hoag in 2002.

Please invite friends and family to join you in learning this vital information! For more information call 714-730-9693 or visit

“And whoever saved a life, it is considered as he saved the whole world” – The Talmud

Sponsored by CBI Congregation Nursing Program and Hoag Health Ministries

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