A free BRCA testing service has been launched by the NHS for the Jewish community from early 2023. This service is part of a 3 year programme to prevent hereditary cancer in the Jewish community.
Those taking part can find out if they carry a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene fault which increases their risk of developing certain cancers. Anyone found to have a genetic fault will then be referred to a genetics clinic and be able to access cancer risk management options.
In order to take part you will need:
- To have at least one Jewish grandparent (of any type of Jewish origin e.g Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi etc).
- To be 18 or over.
- To live in England.
Ovarian Cancer Action is working in partnership with key community and national organisations to support the programme. To find out more and for details on how to take part visit jewishbrca.org