The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix Board of Directors held its year-end board meeting on Monday, June 8. The agenda included a discussion of the correlation between the center’s recent screening results and national data.
It has been determined that at least one in three individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent is a carrier for at least one genetic disease. As the number of diseases for which carrier testing is available has increased, recent data now suggest even a one in two incidence.
On April 19, the center held its most recent semiannual screening event for young adults of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, according to a press release. At this event, sixty-three individuals were provided heavily subsidized carrier testing for 38 genetic diseases.
“We screened sixty-three individuals and found that twenty-one were carriers of at least one disease – a 1 in 3 ratio consistent with national data. The results also determined that five individuals were carriers of two diseases,” stated the Center’s Executive Director, Jacqui Breger, in the release.
The Center is committed to making the community aware of the critical importance of genetic screening. It provides education and screening events for young adults of Ashkenazi Jewish descent so that prospective parents will have knowledge of their carrier state as well as the available options to help carriers have children free of genetic diseases.
The Center currently sponsors two heavily subsidized Education and Screening Events each year, allowing young Jewish adults to be screened at minimal cost, according to the release. In addition, educational programs are conducted throughout the year.
The Center relies on community support to fund these Education and Screening Events as well its educational programs. Donations are always greatly appreciated and can be made directly online at: http://jewishgeneticsphx.org/donate/
The next scheduled Education and Screening Event will occur on Sunday, October 18, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will open in August. For more information, please contact the Center at 480-668-3347.