Komen Philadelphia is proud to be entering the second year of our “Yasher Koach” breast health initiative for young Jewish women and men in our community. The program was launched in the spring of 2015 with free breast health empowerment events held for the Hillel communities of Temple University, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
The first year of the initiative focused most strongly on outreach to and topics of interest for young women – including the BRCA gene and latest research findings; practicing early detection as a family/being aware for yourself and all those you love; nutrition/eating to support breast health while adhering to kosher guidelines and spirituality and strength when a loved one is diagnosed.
However, the 2016 series has been developed to address concerns of young Jewish men as well as women, in addition to take the education to the “next level” for today’s in-touch and highly focused generation. In 2016 “Yasher Koach: Strength & Unity for Young Jewish Men & Women” will bring together campus Hillel communities to:
- Learn about breast cancer early detection and risk
- Develop tools for helping yourself and loved ones fight back
- Get involved in advancing the breast cancer movement
- Form a peer support community that instills confidence in our ability to live full lives despite the existence of the disease in our world
“As we looked closer into young Jewish communities, we found they were eager to do more in the fight against breast cancer in terms of taking care of their own health, looking out for loved ones and paving a path for their children to live their lives aware of breast cancer but not paralyzed by fear of it,” said Elaine I. Grobman, CEO, Komen Philadelphia. “These young men and women hungered for this, but the community really came up short on giving them the opportunity to do so. So, Komen Philadelphia stepped in to bridge that gap; we were fortunate to receive two generous grants to underwrite both years of the program, and we very much plan to continue this very necessary, powerful and life-saving series.”
The first event of the 2016 Yasher Koach season will be held on March 11 at Temple University.
This “Dinner & Discussion” will center on a Professional panel focusing on breast health for our generation as well as the Jewish population. Topics addressed will include BRCA1 and BRCA2 in Men; the recent ACS and new USPSTF guidelines; genetic risks and breast density; tomosythesis and the role of Ultrasound and MRI for high risk screening, traditional treatment for breast cancer and DCIS (pre cancer) and the new controversies. Leading the discussion will be:
- Ari D. Brooks, MD, Chief Endocrine & Oncology Surgery and Director of the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital presenting
- Marilyn Schapira MD, MPH
In addition each event in the “Yasher Koach” series will offer inspirational sharing by young breast cancer survivors and audience Q&A.