Our Programs

FORCE meets the information and resource needs of our community through our many programs.

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Our Programs

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Peer Navigation Program

Our custom database matches individuals seeking support with specially trained Peer Navigator volunteers who have travelled a similar journey. This 1:1 support, provided via a single call and email exchange, includes a personalized guide filled with expert reviewed resources created to empower the individual to make informed decisions with their healthcare team.

Message Board

FORCE message boards are a forum where peers can meet and discuss their situations online 24/7 with other people who have faced similar hereditary cancer concerns.

Local Support

FORCE has local outreach volunteers throughout the United States and in Essex, United Kingdom who are available to offer support and share resources. They are trained advocates who act as a regional point-of-contact for members of our community.

Trained peer volunteers return calls within 48 hours and provide nonjudgmental support and resources. Helpline support is available in English and Spanish. Callers can also leave a message on a dedicated extension for a board-certified genetic counselor who will return their call and answer general questions about genetics.

About Network

ABOUT is a patient-driven research registry. ABOUT identifies important and unanswered research questions, designs and conducts research studies, and collaborates with other researchers to answer the medical questions that are most important to hereditary cancer patients.

Clinical Trial Recruitment

Our HBOC clinical research database matches people with the research studies for which they qualify. Our targeted research recruitment efforts link participants who are the backbone of clinical research to studies enrolling patients. These efforts assure that HBOC studies can be completed and are critical to their success.

Research Advocate Training

The FRAT Program is an educational course aimed at laying the foundation for consumers to become engaged in research advocacy on behalf of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. The program consists of an expert-led webinar series, supplemental learning, resources and more.


Experts recommend all women with ovarian cancer learn about genetic risk assessment. Knowing more can affect treatment options and improve outcomes for women with ovarian cancer and their relatives. FORCE’s KNOW MORE portal provides patients with information about genetics experts, new targeted treatments, links to related blog posts and access to personalized support.


Launched in Fall 2015, our CDC-funded XRAYS program translates reports on emerging breast cancer research into language that is clear and accessible to patients. The reviews—published weekly—help readers evaluate the relevance of the research to their situation and accuracy of the media coverage.

Be Empowered Webinars

Our webinars are online presentations by experts on topics of importance to our community.


FORCE has brochures about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and about our organization. You can view, print, or order copies of any of our brochures.

Mastectomy Photo Gallery

Our post-mastectomy photo gallery has images of women after mastectomy and reconstruction. These photos were submitted by members of our community to help other women who need to make decisions about mastectomy and reconstruction. Our photos show all options after mastectomy including photos of all types of reconstruction as well as photos of no reconstruction on REAL women.


The Joining FORCEs Conference is the largest annual symposium for people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers. Attendees include: cancer survivors, high-risk individuals, people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. Financial aid is available for those with financial constraints.


Joining FORCEs is our print newsletter with news, views and supportive information for individuals and families concerned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Thinking about cancer or dealing with cancer risk can be scary or overwhelming, but we believe that receiving information and resources is comforting, empowering, and even lifesaving.


Numerous laws, regulations and mandates guide health care, genetic privacy, and other issues. FORCE represents the interest of the hereditary cancer community by proposing, tracking, and weighing in on policies that impact our community.

Access to Care

Appropriate screening, prevention and treatment is crucial for the high-risk, hereditary cancer population. FORCE is a steadfast advocate for access to needed services by all people affected by HBOC, regardless of age, gender or type of health insurance.

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