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Lindi VanderWalde

Lindi VanderWalde is currently completing a breast oncology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Lindi is a board-certified general surgeon, having trained at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. She went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Ari. She and Ari live in Los Angeles, with their two young boys, and attend services at Bnai David Judea.

A Deadly Gene: Promoting Breast Health in a High-Risk Population

Health and Healing

The BRCA genes, inherited mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, are estimated to affect 1 in every 100 Ashkenazi Jews. Should all Ashkenazim be screened for these genes? What other factors increase the risk of breast cancer? In this session, we will review the indications for BRCA genetic testing, determine how to calculate breast cancer risk in those without the gene, and discuss options for promoting improved breast health.