BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are up to 6 X more common in people of Jewish ancestry compared to the general population. They are the cause of many potentially preventable cancer cases in the Jewish population. Fortunately, an international shift in BRCA testing recommendations & a new NHS testing initiative mean the Jewish community has never been better equipped to tackle BRCA-related cancers head-on.
What you need to know about BRCA
Jewish BRCA in numbers.
People of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry have a fault in either of their BRCA genes.
People of Sephardi Jewish ancestry have a fault in either of their BRCA genes.
People in the general UK population have a fault in either of their BRCA genes.
89% of Jews in the UK with a BRCA gene fault are unaware of their status.
NHS Jewish BRCA Testing Programme
NHS England is now offering free BRCA gene testing to anyone:
- living in England
- aged 18 or over
- with 1 or more Jewish grandparent