Professor Ephrat Levy-Lahad, Head of the Fuld Family Department of Medical Genetics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, responded to a question about premarital genetic testing in the Jerusalem Post’s Rx for Readers column (which asks experts to address questions sent into the newspaper about medical problems).
Professor Levy-Lahad also explained why certain tests should be performed before one gets married and why others should be before one becomes pregnant.
AT SZ – GENETIC COUNSELING/TESTING FOR HEREDITARY CANCERS
Thanks to ACSZ Board Member Rabbi David Fuld and his family, the Fuld Family Institute of Medical Genetics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center offers genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer syndromes such as hereditary breast-ovarian syndrome (BRCA1/2), gastrointestinal cancers (Lynch syndrome, FAP, etc.) and many other syndromes.
Cancer is the most common cause of death in Israel. Most cases of cancer are sporadic, me…aning the disease is diagnosed in a patient who does not have a history of cancer in his family. However, 5% to 10% of cancer cases develop as a result of a hereditary family tendency. Members of families with genetic predisposition are at increased risk of developing cancer during their lifetime. In families where there is cancer predisposition, several family members have cancer across more than one generation. Some of these cases are caused by familial cancer syndromes, which can be identified through clarification of the family story and laboratory tests to detect hereditary genetic defects –mutations in the relevant genes.
Genetic tests are performed in relevant situations after the families have received counseling. In Israel, to schedule a genetic counseling appointment, please call the Fuld Family Insitute of Medical Genetics, 02-6555130 or 02-6666336, email firstname.lastname@example.org.