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Study of Jewish women shows link to cancer without family history

from The New York Times

Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations during random screenings have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even when they have no family history of the disease, researchers reported. The finding calls into question the practice of screening women — particularly women of Ashkenazi descent, which most Jews in the United States are — for these mutations only if they report that many women in their family have had cancer. Some women are tested for mutations only after they develop cancer themselves. more


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