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October 06, 1995 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-10-06

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To date, national medical sta-
tistics are not based on informa-
tion about patients' religious
backgrounds. It is therefore dif-
ficult to track whether Jewish
women are more or less prone to
the disease.
In recent months, however, re-
searchers with the National In-
stitutes of Health have detected
a gene mutation that might pre-
dispose Jewish females of Ashke-
nazic (Eastern and Central







••••-

•-•

Dr. William Peter

European) descent to breast and
ovarian cancers. Their findings
were published in the Sept. 28 is-
sue of the medical journal Nature
Genetics.
In metro Detroit, an estimat-
ed 400 females are carriers of this
mutated gene, which could sig-
nificantly increase their chances
of developing cancer before age
50.
Scientists discovered the mu-
tation, called 185delAG, on a
gene known as BRCA1 (Breast
Cancer 1). Normally, women run
a 12 percent chance of develop-
ing breast cancer at some point
during their lives. But women

Being a smaller

other noted specialists-including those who've

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pioneered the field of high-risk pregnancy.

vantages It allows us to spend

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the moment you

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discover you're pregnant to the day you and

neonatologist, our goal is to make your

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pregnancy as trouble-free as possible.:,

more tune

you,

However, in many respects, small is the

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Which means the only thing you need to

concentrate on is choos-

last thing you'd call us.

Because as part o f

Huron Volley Hospital

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ing the perfect name.

To meet with

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call

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we offer the experience

You'll see how easy it is

with alterations to BRCA1 face
an 85 to 90 percent likelihood. Of
these high-risk women, half will
have breast or ovarian cancer be-
fore age, 50, according to NIH
data.
Scientists with NIH have ex-
amined the BRCA1 gene in 858
blood samples from Jewish peo-
ple living in the United States,
Canada and Israel. Of eight sam-
ples testing positive for the

not only of our own ob-

to get the right care,

stetricians, but of many

right here.

,

CANCER GENE page 54

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