Hereditary Cancer Resources

Cancer Support Organizations

The Center for Jewish Genetics has a multitude of resources to help get the information you need, so check out our guide, our blog post, our website, and all of the resources below from our friends at other amazing support organizations. 

Check out FORCE’s YouTube channel for one-minute videos with life-saving information. (For more of Force’s resources, click here.)

Check out Bright Pink's new Explore Your Genetics resource. (For more of Bright Pink’s resources, click here.)

Get Sharsheret’s brochures and booklets! (For more of Sharsheret’s resources, click here.) This is an organization that provides support for Jewish women with breast cancer and their families.

And don’t forget to check out the Center’s website for more resources and support, such as information from Imerman Angels, Twist Out Cancer, Gilda's Club (part of the Cancer Support Community), and other amazing international organizations.

Looking for additional resources? Please contact the Center. We will do our best to answer any questions and help you identify the best resources to meet your needs.

More Cancer Resources

ABCD-After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
ABCD provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends.

American Cancer Society
The ACS provides materials for those affected by cancer. There are education resources for health care professionals as well as for the community at large.

Association of Cancer Online Resources
ACOR provides access to mailing lists, support groups, listings of treatment options, clinical trials, publications, cancer alliances and other resources.

Bright Pink
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.

Cancer Backup (Macmillan Cancer Support)
Cancer Backup provides a wealth of information on all cancers, with a focus on hereditary cancers.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. The site is available in English and Spanish.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Colorectal Cancer
The CDC provides information for patients, health care professionals, and the general community regarding colorectal cancer and its treatments.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
The CDC provides information for patients, health care professionals, and the general community about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Centerwatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service
CenterWatch serves as the leading source of news, directories, analysis and proprietary market research for clinical research professionals and patients.

Colon Cancer Alliance
The CCA provides fact sheets and lists clinical trials and information about becoming involved with clinical trials, genetics, news, advocacy and legislative efforts, and information on support.

Fight Lynch Syndrome
Lynch syndrome is a genetic disease that dramatically increases the risk of cancer, especially colon and uterine cancers. Knowing about Lynch syndrome is important for patients and their family.

Force: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
FORCE focuses on BRCA mutations and has Jewish-related resources. FORCE’s overall goal is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Takes Guts
Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Takes Guts is a nonprofit organization serving the hereditary colorectal cancer community. Their site provides patients with education and social resources.

Imerman Angels
Through its unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you - a “Mentor Angel”.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
LBBC provides information on breast cancer treatment, breast cancer recurrence, testing and side effects, and is dedicated to assisting those affected by breast cancer.

National Cancer Institute
The NCI website provides resources on all types of cancers. It is maintained by the U.S. government and is available in English and Spanish.

National Cancer Institute: BRCA 1 & BRCA 2
The NCI provides educational materials and genetic information in English and Spanish for those interested in learning more about breast and ovarian cancer, including BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

National Cancer Institute: Colon And Rectal Cancer
The NCI provides education, treatments, research, literature and genetic information for those affected by colon and rectal cancer (English and Spanish).

National Cancer Institute: The Genetics of Cancer
This site provides a variety of resources specifically regarding cancer genetics – in English and Spanish.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
The NOCC aims to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research to discover better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. PCF also advocates for greater awareness and provides prostate cancer guides, news and helpful resources.

Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation works to advance early detection for pancreatic cancer and provides resources for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones.

Sharsheret provides culturally sensitive support to young Jewish women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer as well as to those facing an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a global leader in the breast cancer movement, working to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find cures.

Young Survival Coalition
The YSC is an international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women facing breast cancer.



Do You Know What's In Your Genes?

What is the most valuable gift you can give to your family? The gift of good health! There are many health conditions that run in families. Knowing your family health history can alert you to the potential risk for a variety of genetic disorders . Be sure to check with your relatives for warning signs and assess your risk for hereditary cancers!

Did you know: Ashkenazi Jews are 10 TIMES more likely to have BRCA mutations, which significantly increases lifetime risks for hereditary cancers, so what does this heightened risk mean for you? Click here to learn more !