October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for women in San Diego and around the world it’s important to remember that breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, affecting 186,467 in 2005, according to the most current statistics available. For women of Jewish descent the numbers are even more staggering. Jewish women are 13 times more likely than the rest of the population to develop breast cancer. One in 40 women of Ashkenazic descent is at risk. To help bring critical awareness to Jewish women throughout San Diego, The Jewish Response to Breast Cancer has formed a Jewish Community Race Team – Chai for Life – to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at Balboa Park. The event begins at 8:00 a.m.
“The risk of developing breast cancer is incredibly high. If this were the flu, it would be considered a pandemic”, said Beth Eisenberg-Schapera, Jewish Healing Center Coordinator, of Jewish Family Service in San Diego.
The Jewish Response to Breast Cancer connects Jewish women facing breast cancer with local Jewish community organizations and provides culturally-sensitive support services. A program of the Jewish Healing Center, Jewish Response to Breast Cancer helps San Diego area Synagogues reach out to Jewish breast cancer patients and increases community breast cancer awareness, coping, and survivorship among all Jewish women through outreach, education, and support services.
“We’re working very hard within the Jewish community to increasing breast cancer awareness,” said Eisenberg-Schapera. “Our program also offers special programming to help cancer patients cope and learn essential skills for cancer survivorship.”
The Chai for Life team includes local synagogues, community organizations, and individuals sponsored by the Jewish Response to Breast Cancer. The organization and team welcome additional individual and group participation. To sign up or for additional information about this Race for the Cure, please visit www.sandiego.info-komen.org.