FORCE Press Releases
May 1, 2013
Ms. Boesky is a professor of literature, medical humanities, and creative writing at Boston College. Her 2010 memoir What We Have portrays her own family’s experiences with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Ms. Janzen dedicates her time to causes as varied as libraries and literacy, children’s camps, church activities, and most recently to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Each brings a myriad of talents that will assist FORCE in best serving the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.
March 7, 2013
FORCE’s new “Know Your Genes and Fill Them Out” campaign encourages people to find out more about their health and whether a genetic predisposition to hereditary cancer runs in the family. This initiative gives people the resources and tools to understand cancer risk and be prepared to make informed decisions if necessary. The annual spring cleaning tradition is the perfect time to clean your closets and organize your family medical history.
January 23, 2013
Ms. Morris has been an advocate for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community for 7 years, serving as a FORCE Outreach Coordinator and an Advocate in Science for Susan G. Komen. Her extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to the FORCE Board of Directors and will assist FORCE in providing the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community the resources and support they need.
October 23, 2012
FORCE will work together with the Basser Research Center for BRCA in the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center to drive research and enhance resources and information available to those with BRCA mutations. Through this collaboration, FORCE will help guide research that impacts the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community, promote participation in that research, as well as provide trained peer support to patients at PENN.
September 24, 2012
The Joining FORCEs Conference is for anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: cancer survivors, high risk individuals, those with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, as well as health care providers who treat high-risk patients. The conference offers general session and workshops led by world experts on topics ranging from genetic counseling and testing, BRCA mutations, reconstructive surgery and the latest research in the breast and ovarian cancer fields, among others.
September 4, 2012
National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and aims to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. During this week, FORCE is recognizing and celebrating all those who have been affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, anyone with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors (individual who are living with a high risk for cancer but have not developed the disease).
July 17, 2012
FORCE will present the 2012 Spirit of Empowerment Awards at the annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 20, 2012. These awards recognize leaders, who in collaboration with FORCE, have made significant contributions to research, clinical care, education, awareness, advocacy, understanding, or support of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.
May 1, 2012
FORCE will celebrate cancer survivors, previvors, family and friends by hosting five Celebrate the Women in Your Life events throughout the month of May. Each event will be hosted by the local FORCE Outreach Group in the area, and will be dedicated to providing awareness, education and support to the local hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) community. The events will include a special screening of Lifetime Television’s movie FIVE – a groundbreaking original movie exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) announces the creation of the National Hereditary Cancer Research Fund to support research that is specific to the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. More than one million Americans carry a BRCA gene mutation or other hereditary factor that puts them at extraordinarily high risk for cancer. Families with inherited predisposition have the highest known lifetime cancer risks, up to 86% for developing breast cancer and up to 67% for ovarian cancer, and these risks can be passed on to their children.
January 30, 2012
Comprehensive Guide Available for Anyone Facing Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (PDF)
A new book released today provides a comprehensive guide for those facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny helps women, men and their families better understand the complex, confusing and highly individual journey of living in a high-risk body, including whether or not to undergo BRCA testing, what test results mean, and options for managing cancer risk.
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