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Dr. Stacy Nerenstone, medical oncologist at Hartford Hospital, moderator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Women’s Health Forum, speaks often on television about the latest news on breast cancer. 

LIGHTNING RELEASES (4/29/2014) – Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (www.jewishhartford.org) is proud to announce that seven top sponsors have made it possible to bring information on hereditary cancer and genetic counseling to the community. The goal of the event “What’s In Your Genes?” on April 29, 2014, at Beth El Temple is to present the most recent news about hereditary cancer and genetic counseling in a format that is understandable, accessible and actionable.

Hartford HealthCare, Saint Francis Care, Myriad Genetics and Ambry Genetics, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), a pioneer in patient advocacy and The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation are corporate sponsors of the expert panel and discussion. Connecticut Jewish Ledger is the media sponsor.

The event, while relevant to all women and men, is particularly important for Jews of Ashkenazi descent. Their risk of breast and ovarian cancer—due to a mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes— is significantly higher than the general population.  

 “Ten years ago when we held a very similar event, people packed the room, because they wanted to know about the latest news on the discovery of the BRCA gene mutations. Those discoveries directly affected women’s lives” said Debbie Glassman, Associate Vice President and Director of Women’s Philanthropy at Federation. Today, Glassman says, “Women are looking for information on advances in early detection and genetic testing. We are able to offer free information thanks to our sponsors and our expert speakers, who have donated their time to educate the community.”

Dr. Stacy Nerenstone, medical oncologist at Hartford Hospital, will moderate the panel and  present on the latest research. Dr. Rochelle Ringer, breast surgeon, Hartford Hospital will cover breast screening.  Dr. Allan Mayer, gynecological oncologist at Saint Francis Medical Group, will offer expertise on gynecological screening. Sara Caroll, a certified genetic counselor, will speak on how, when and why counseling is important. Sue Friedman, Executive Director, FORCE (Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered), will offer her expertise on the importance of community support, both local and national. 

Our Mission

Jewish Federation’s mission is to create a thriving and caring Jewish community that connects people of all faiths, builds tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, cares for Jews in need around the world and supports the state of Israel. Federation makes strategic investments annually in partners and programs that engage a diverse population in planning a thriving Jewish future. Nothing is more essential to ensuring the Jewish future than providing opportunities for all generations to share our heritage, culture and values.   

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