Genetic Testing.

Author:Hirsch, Susan
Position::READER SURVEY
 
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In our September/October issue, we wrote about genetic diseases that affect those of Jewish ancestry. After running our guide, we asked online readers to share their experiences with genetic testing. Here's one we were particularly struck by.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 at age 41. The following year my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I made aliyah in 2004. I saw an oncologist at Hadassah Hospital who asked if I had been tested for BRCA; I told her I couldn't afford to have it done in the U.S., but I was told that the BRCA testing was fully covered by my insurance here in Israel. I was tested and my result was negative. Years later, one of my daughters was at urgent care and they had a notice that Shaare Zedek Hospital was testing women for the BRCA gene--she was tested and her results came back positive. I went back to my oncologist at Hadassah...

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