Our Peer Navigation Program matches cancer survivors, people at high risk and their caregivers to trained peer navigator volunteers for phone support and provides a free resource guide personalized for their situation. Visit facingourrisk.org/pnp.
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. Visit facingourrisk.org/messageboards.
FORCE has local outreach volunteers throughout the United States 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. Visit facingourrisk.org/localsupport.
Trained peer volunteers return calls made to our toll free helpline within 48 hours. 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. Call 1-866-288-RISK (7475).
ABOUT is a patient-driven research registry. ABOUT identifies important and unanswered research questions, designs, and collaborates with other researchers to answer the medical questions that are most important to hereditary cancer patients. Visit aboutnetwork.org.
Our Research Study Search Tool 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. Visit facingourrisk.org/research.
The FORCE Research Advocate Training program is an online course that prepares consumers to assist researchers in designing relevant and patient-centered research studies on behalf of the hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers community. The program consists of an expert-led webinar series, supplemental learning, resources and more. Visit facingourrisk.org/researchadvocate.
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.
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. Visit facingourrisk.org/xrays.
Our post-mastectomy photo gallery has images of men and women after mastectomy and reconstruction. These photos were submitted by members of our community to help those 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. Visit facingourrisk.org/gallery.
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.
Numerous laws and regulations guide health care, genetic privacy and protections, and other issues. FORCE represents the interests of the hereditary cancer community by driving, tracking, and weighing in on policies that impact our community. Visit facingourrisk.org/advocacy.
FORCE is a steadfast advocate for access to the recommended screenings, treatments and preventive measures for the high-risk, hereditary cancer population regardless of age, gender, geography or type of health insurance. Learn more at facingourrisk.org/paying4care.
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