BRCA awareness and testing experience in the UK Jewish population: a qualitative study

Jewish people have a higher risk of carrying an alteration in the BRCA genes, which cause breast and ovarian cancer. This is the first UK study to explore Jewish peoples’ experiences of genetic-testing. We interviewed 32 people, and found that nobody regretted having testing, although there was huge variation in satisfaction. Many people had issues getting tested. Individual and family circumstances shaped how someone responded to their results, and whether they needed support. These findings and the suggestions given are important to help us improve services, particularly as Population-based BRCA testing is now available to all Jewish adults in England. (By Prof Ranjit Manchanda, )

Prof Ranjit Manchanda

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