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Jewish People

Learn more about how HBOC affects members of specific populations.

Overview

BRCA mutations have been found in people of every ethnicity. But people of Eastern European Jewish Ancestry have the highest known incidence of BRCA mutations and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. About 1 in 40 people of Jewish descent have a BRCA mutation, about 10-fold higher than other populations. Because of the high prevalence of these mutations, there are special medical considerations that Jewish people should be aware of.