The Basser Center's Latest Initiative Focuses on Raising Awareness and Targeting Health Disparities

Black men and women are more likely than other racial groups to be diagnosed with cancer at later stages when it is less treatable, and are less likely to undergo genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer susceptibility. To help address these disparities, we have partnered with patient advocate Erika Stallings, co-chair of the Basser Young Leadership Council, to launch the Black & BRCA initiative. Black & BRCA provides tailored resources and support to the Black community.
Learn more at and view a discussion on racial disparities in hereditary cancer with Erika Stallings and Penn Medicine oncologist and Basser researcher Payal Shah, MD.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Women with BRCA1 mutations have an increased lifetime risk of ovarian cancer of up to 50%, while BRCA2 mutation carriers have an increased risk of up to 20%. 

The Basser Center is dedicated to providing women with better screening, prevention, and treatment options, which have the potential to save countless lives. Learn more about the latest research and ongoing studies at the Basser blog.

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Through our LATINX & BRCA initiative, we provide support and resources in both English and Spanish for the Latinx community to learn about their family health histories and risk for hereditary cancer.

2020 Breakthroughs and Discoveries Panel

The Basser Center’s virtual panel brought together internationally renowned experts in the field of BRCA-related cancer research and care to discuss how discoveries in the lab translate to patient care. Moderated by Susan Domchek, MD, Executive Director, Basser Center for BRCA, the panel included University of Cambridge scientists Douglas Easton, PhD, and Antonis Antoniou, PhD, as well as Georgetown University’s Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza, PhD, and Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, senior genetic counselor at the Basser Center. The panel also received a number of additional questions that we will address in the coming months via videos and blog posts.
Watch the panel discussion:

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