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I speak about my BRCA-related cancer to synagogue groups, Jewish day schools, and women who ask. I will continue to shout about it until everyone knows who is at risk.

Rebecca Meyer Carr
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In February 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now that my treatment is over, I search for the meaning in the most traumatic experience of my life.

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
Nurse/technician helping a woman have a mammogram

I am reminded about breast cancer prevention every single day – 365 days a year – each time I look in the mirror after a shower, but I'm not seeking pity or sympathy.


Jane E. Herman
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The media called it the “Angelina Jolie Effect.” When the superstar actress-director went public three years ago with her decision to undergo a double prophylactic mastectomy, after discovering she carried a genetic mutation that dramatically increased her risk for breast cancer, women flooded physicians’ offices and internet sites seeking information and support.

Rabbi Audrey Korotkin

Although I tell my hereditary cancer story again and again, it never gets old.

Jane E. Herman
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