The Impact of the Holocaust on Breast Cancer in Jewish Families Today

By Elana Silber, Lital Keinan-Boker, Niecee Schonberger, Rifky Atkin

Sharsheret, July 14, 2010

For the Jewish cancer survivor, the term "survivor" can be troubling; many women have difficulty embracing this term and would prefer not to be known as survivors. In this teleconference, Sharsheret addresses both groups of survivors as they explore the effects of the Holocaust on breast cancer in Jewish families today. A recent study conducted in Israel and led by our panelist Dr. Lital Keinan-Boker, concludes that the rate of breast cancer is particularly high among Jewish women who spent the war years in Nazi-occupied Europe. The implications of this study are obviously important to Jewish families. But the results of the study extend beyond the Jewish community, with broader implications for the breast cancer community at large. What effects may diet and stress have on the incidence of breast cancer? How much of breast cancer is shaped by our life circumstances? How much is shaped by genetics and in what ways may the two intersect? What is the intergenerational impact of breast cancer and how does breast cancer affect the sons, daughters, and the grandchildren of those who have been diagnosed with the disease?

Topic: Trauma, European Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, War, Shoah, Medical Care, Genetics, Family, Health and Healing, Women, Study, Holocaust

Page Number(s): 1-32

Funder: Julius and Emmy Hamburger Memorial Fund , Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Northern New Jersey

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Genre: Teleconference

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Silber, Elana. Keinan-Boker, Lital. Schonberger, Niecee. Atkin, Rifky. The Impact of the Holocaust on Breast Cancer in Jewish Families Today. Sharsheret. 14 July 2010: 1-32. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7174


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