The Test that COULD Save your Life
Posted by shiduri on July 12, 2006
For centuries, Ashkenazi Jewish people were ghettoized behind walls and in Shtetls throughout Eastern Europe. Not only did this imposed isolation contribute to both the Premodern and Modern conception of the Conceptual Jew as a perfidious ‘Other’, but it also guaranteed that certain genes would be ‘recycled’ within the community. It seems that the proclivity for ovarian cancer is one of the ‘perks’ of shtetl-living that the daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters of Eastern European Jewish familes have inherited. Thats the bad news.
The good news is that there is now a simple blood test called the CA-125 that helps detect Ovarian Cancer.
Ovarian Cancer is a silent killer. The nebulous symptoms include bloating, stomach ache, and weight-gain. It primarily attacks women over the age of 40, but there have been cases of younger women with the disease. If it’s detected early, the chance of survival is high. Thats why the CA-125 test is crucial to Ashkenazi Jewish Women.
For more information please see: http://www.ovariancancer.org/