NHS England has launched a new service offering free BRCA genetic testing to people with a Jewish anstery.
People with altered BRCA 1 or BRCA2 genes have an increased risk of developing certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. Research has shown that people with Jewish ancestry are much more likely to have BRCA gene alternations.
NHS England and Jnetics have launched a testing programme and are looking for people who are at an increased risk of cancer due to a BRCA gene alternation and offer support to those affected. If you are found to have a BRCA gene alternation through the testing programme, you will be referred to your local genetics service. Local genetics services can provide various cancer risk-management options, including extra screening and risk-reducing treatments.
The testing programme is open to anyone who:
- has at least one Jewish grandparent
- is aged 18 or over
- lives in England
Does this sound like you? If so, you can register your interest with NHS England and Jnectics.
Register your interest for the testing programme
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