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We Need Your Help Now! An urgent update on incredibly important research for women at high risk of ovarian cancer

February 1, 2012

If you were one of the high-risk women who participated in the large GOG-199 research study, thank you for helping advance critical research that will lead to better health outcomes for our community. Your continued participation in a related study, which is easy and involves only a simple annual questionnaire, will help researchers continue this … + read more

Thirteen Ways FORCE will Serve Our Community in 2012

January 18, 2012

On New Year’s Day we celebrated FORCE’s 13th birthday! Over the course of this year, we will highlight the significance of this milestone with blogs that emphasize the theme of “13.” As my first blog of the new year, I am excited to share 13 things that FORCE will do to serve the hereditary cancer … + read more

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to FORCE

December 31, 2011

Tonight at just after midnight, FORCE and this community will celebrate our 13th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been thirteen years since I founded FORCE, on New Years. As the new year rang in, I was sitting at my computer, fresh out of treatment and prophylactic surgery, posting on a brand-new … + read more

Holiday Guest Blog: Joanna Rudnick

December 24, 2011

FORCE member Joanna Rudnick, producer of the documentary In the Family  wrote the following special holiday blog. Of Holiday Miracles and Possibilities by Joanna Rudnick This time of year is all about the great miracles and the infinite possibilities. For most of us, miracle and possibility are the last words that come to mind when we … + read more

Best Gifts of the Season

December 13, 2011

The holidays are a very sentimental time for me; there are a lot of reminders of my hereditary cancer journey. The season is about so much more than gift-giving. Nevertheless, I thought that it was appropriate and timely to share my all-time best gifts in my blog. The most romantic gift I ever received In late … + read more

Guest Blogger: Author Kathy Steligo

November 29, 2011

Kathy Steligo, FORCE’s editor-at-large and author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook wrote the following guest blog. Reconstruction: Many changes, many choices by Kathy Steligo If you’re facing mastectomy to prevent or treat cancer, you have more choices for breast reconstruction than ever before. New breasts can be created with saline or silicone implants, or if you have … + read more

An Unexpected Gift

November 23, 2011

I remember Thanksgiving 1997. It was a particularly hard time for me, because I was on chemotherapy for my breast cancer recurrence. Transplanted from our home to Houston for nine months while I underwent treatment, my husband, toddler son, and I had no friends in Houston; our only support was each other. Just before Thanksgiving, … + read more

Guest Blogger: Reporter Stacey Sager

November 8, 2011

Reporter Stacey Sager wrote the following guest blog. Many FORCE members followed her personal and moving story in the recent video that aired on WABC-TV in New York City. What I’ve Learned from “Being BRCA” by Stacey Sager They say lightning doesn’t strike twice. Well, any of us who test positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 … + read more

Advocating for Men: Responding to the USPSTF Recommendations against PSA

November 2, 2011

I am concerned both on a professional and personal level about the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recent draft guidelines that recommend against PSA screening for men of average risk or who are high risk by virtue of a family history of cancer. FORCE has prepared a position statement in response to this … + read more

What’s New is News

October 23, 2011

We have been busy at FORCE! I’m proud of the fact that we have so many new FORCE resources to share that a special blog about “what’s new” was needed. If you missed our conference You can view free webcasts of selected sessions from our 2011 conference. The following sessions are available for on-demand viewing: Focus on BRCA … + read more

Guest Blogger: Author, Amy Boesky, PhD

October 17, 2011

The following blog was written by author and FORCE member Amy Boesky, whose inspiring, poignant, and eloquent  memoire, What we Have chronicles her family ‘s battle with hereditary cancer. Her highly-acclaimed book resonates with so many in our community. What we Need…More Research by Amy Boesky, PhD      The word research is both a noun and … + read more

HBOC Week was a Success: Let’s Sustain Awareness All Year Long

October 6, 2011

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. We have heard that saying so many times it has probably lost its true meaning. “Breast cancer awareness” and “ovarian cancer awareness” are terms that also can lose meaning over time. What does awareness mean? Does it really help in any way? Can awareness change behaviors? Can it save … + read more

In honor of National Previvor Day!

September 27, 2011

Dear Friends, In honor of National Previvor Day, which is tomorrow, we are featuring the guest post below by author Dina Roth Port who wrote the book Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions. For information on how and why FORCE coined the term Previvor, and gave this important community of stakeholders … + read more

A Letter of Hope and Encouragement

September 21, 2011

Note: If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, please consider taking a few minutes to help us out by completing this short survey. Thank you! On September 22, a 34-year-old woman—a new mom with a young child—calls her doctor for results of a biopsy. Nine months earlier she had surgery and very early, noninvasive … + read more

My plans for HBOC Week/Previvor Day

September 1, 2011

People have asked me how I plan to commemorate HBOC Week and Previvor Day. How will I honor and remember those whose lives have been irreparably changed by hereditary cancer? Will I be doing anything special to celebrate? Yes and no. This year I will be at the Great American Ballpark on September 19, joining … + read more

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