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December 3, 2009

The community speaks out! Your thoughts on the USPSTF breast screening guideline changes.

Newly-recommended changes for breast cancer screening by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) are getting a lot of attention and proving to be controversial. The task force: Recommended against screening mammography for women ages 40–49. Recommended screening mammography in women older than 50 be performed  biennially rather than annually. Recommended against teaching or … + read more

November 10, 2009

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing: the latest FORCE testimony to SACGHS and FDA feedback

Recently FORCE submitted testimony to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics Health and Society (SACGHS) about our continuing concerns about the need for government oversight of the marketing of genetic tests to consumers and health care providers.  Below is an excerpt from our testimony. Dear Distinguished members of the committee, I represent the lay advocacy group, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), … + read more

July 17, 2009

FORCE and Health Care Community Letter in Support of the EARLY Act

The following letter was submitted by FORCE, members of our board of directors, and our medical advisory board in support of the recently introduced legislation known as the EARLY Act.  We are collecting names of people interested in signing on to the letter endorsing EARLY.  If you would like your name added to this letter … + read more

April 14, 2009

Supporting Those Who Support Us

Supporting Those Who Support Us Like other nonprofit organizations, FORCE seeks partnerships with those who support our mission and community. Corporate donations are essential if we are to continue our lifesaving mission of helping individuals and families affected by hereditary cancer.  But it is not always easy. Funding is competitive, and many businesses choose to … + read more

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