FORCE advocates for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in areas such as access to care, research funding, insurance, and privacy.
In his final State of the Union address in 2016, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden with heading up a new national effort, the Cancer Moonshot. The ultimate goal of Moonshot is to double the rate of progress—to make a decade's worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in five years—to ultimately end cancer as we know it. FORCE is proud to be engaged in the Moonshot initiative via the ABOUT Network, the only cancer-focused patient-powered research network in PCORnet.
In January 2016, President Barak Obama signed a memorandum establishing the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a first-of-its-kind federal task force to end cancer as we know it. The Task Force is comprised of leaders from every federal agency that has a part to play in addressing cancer. The administration also announced $1 billion dedicated to jumpstarting the Cancer Moonshot. The effort recognizes that solving the complexities of cancer may require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and—ultimately—a cure.
FORCE provides input on the effort as appropriate and participated in an invitation-only Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29, 2016. The Summit aimed to facilitate action and foster collaborations around the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. The Cancer Moonshot Summit was the first time that stakeholders representing all types of cancers convened under one national charge. FORCE is proud to represent the HBOC community in this important effort.
Note: With the change in administration brought on by the 2016 national election, the Cancer Moonshot has been renamed the Biden Cancer Initiative.