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Chandler AZ Community seeks answers to a Jewish problem

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:45 am

The risk of carrying a BRCA gene mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer is ten times greater among women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent than among the general population. With growing concern over what preventive measures Jewish women should take, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in Chandler Arizona is organizing a community awareness workshop on how Jewish law views this modern day medical dilemma.

The class will start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Chabad of the East Valley, 875 N. McClintock Drive. It will explore the biblical requirement to safeguard one’s health, and whether it obligates Jews of Ashkenazi descent to test for BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 gene mutations.

For more information, visit www.myJLI.com.

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