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There's a new test for cancer risks from a longtime Jewish genetic screening program

 

It was only after Abby Match was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that she learned she was a carrier of a mutation in her BRCA1 gene associated with a significantly elevated risk for developing breast cancer at a young age.

After discovering a suspicious lump in her breast one day while in the shower, Abby Match was diagnosed in August with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She subsequently underwent a bilateral mastectomy, a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

It was only after she discovered she was sick that Match, 35, learned she was a carrier of a mutation in her BRCA1 gene - associated with a significantly elevated risk for developing breast cancer at a young age, and also for ovarian and other cancers. One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews have a BRCA mutation, which is 10 times higher than in the general p...



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