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Founder 3 - BRCA Hereditary Cancer Screening and Referral Program

The Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics is pleased to announce the Founder3 program available to Ashkenazi Jewish men and women over the age of 25. The Founder3 screening program provides personalized genetics education and support to the Ashkenazi Jewish community concerned about risks to develop cancer. 

The goals of the Founder3 program are to:

· Raise awareness in the Jewish community on the importance of knowing about a family history of cancer in order to better understand any potential hereditary cancer risks

· Provide resources and the appropriate genetic counseling referrals to individuals with a family history of cancer

· Educate the community about the possible risk factors associated with the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 founder mutations 

· Provide genetic counseling and access to low-cost genetic testing for Ashkenazi Jewish individuals who have no family history of cancer

The Founder3 program was developed to help identify individuals who have an Ashkenazi Jewish founder mutation in the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene, placing them at an increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and other cancers. Without a personal or family history of cancer, health insurance companies will not cover the cost of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genetic testing. This program is designed to provide access to genetic testing for individuals who would not qualify for coverage of genetic testing through their health insurance plan, but who are still at risk to have a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 founder mutation.