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Mammogram Update: Latest Screening Guidelines Finalized But Not Implemented

January 29, 2016

by Lisa Schlager Few health issues have stirred as much debate as the guidelines surrounding screening mammograms for average-risk women. Recent changes in national guidelines threatened access to mammograms for women age 40-49. FORCE worked together with other groups to pass laws that assure continued access to mammograms for women in this age group. At … + read more

5 Quick Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Evaluate Health Information Shared by the News or Media

January 26, 2016

Have you ever seen a headline or read a story in the news or media with health information that made you wonder whether or not it was reliable? If you said yes, you are not alone. Today, it can be hard to know what to believe. Headlines like, “How a Breast Cancer Gene May Affect … + read more

Value in Cancer Care: Including Consumers in the Dialogue

January 8, 2016

by Lisa Schlager, Vice President of Policy and Community Affairs Value and access to appropriate health care is of vital importance to patients and their families, particularly as cancer diagnoses continue to rise—up more than 20 percent in the past decade—and health care costs steadily increase. In this environment, more attention is being paid to … + read more

Breast Cancer is Tough Enough. Finding Credible Information About it Should Be Easy.

December 18, 2015

Knowing that you are at high risk for breast cancer, or being diagnosed with breast cancer, is never easy. Finding out that someone you know is at high risk for breast cancer or has been diagnosed with breast cancer is just as hard. Having to then try to comprehend the medical jargon that you read … + read more

Guest Blog: An HBOC Week Message from Representative Wasserman Schultz

October 1, 2015

By Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz I’m honored to have an opportunity to work with FORCE to promote awareness about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. FORCE plays a crucial role in the cancer awareness and advocacy community, particularly for those of us who have been personally affected by genetic cancers. We share the fundamental belief that … + read more

Thanks Dave Bushman, for Sharing Your Story and Supporting FORCE’s Work

September 28, 2015

  Why I fundraise: When FORCE announced its FOR OUR CHILDREN fundraising effort, I immediately signed up. Although I was extremely reluctant to ask friends and relatives to donate, I knew that many of them would respond because they know how much FORCE means to me. My wife Jessie is fundraising, too – it’s a … + read more

Beyond Awareness: Working to Improve Outcomes for People Facing Hereditary Cancer

September 27, 2015

This week we mark National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week, and on Wednesday, National Previvor Day. This awareness campaign acknowledges the over one million people and families in the United States affected by hereditary cancer, due to a BRCA, PALB2, PTEN, ATM or other mutation linked to these cancers or a strong family history … + read more

Proposed Regulatory Changes Will Undermine Patient Protections Under GINA

September 5, 2015

Employees will be faced with a difficult choice—either disclose personal health information or maintain their privacy and pay more for health coverage. by Lisa Schlager Personal privacy and workplace protections are in jeopardy with recent proposals by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In April, the Commission proposed revising and reinterpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) … + read more

Guest Blog: We All Deserve the Chance to Make Decisions About Our Futures

September 3, 2015

By Teri Woodhull Like most families in the FORCE community, cancer followed my family for generations. Breast cancer touched my mother, her mother, her mother’s mother, and my mother’s first cousin. And me. We knew it had to be more than a coincidence. My mother died at 46 of breast cancer. Her oncologist and other … + read more

XRAYS Program Looks Behind the Headlines to Make Sense of Cancer Research

August 24, 2015

FORCE is proud to launch our new program, eXamining the Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors (XRAYS). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the XRAYS program was developed to meet a growing need as more and more medical research articles on breast cancer are making the headlines. With the rise of social media, more consumers are turning … + read more

Guest Blog: Attending ASCO as a Research Advocate

August 9, 2015

By Robin Karlin Thirty thousand health professionals, fabulous views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, miles of escalators, fountains and crowded atriums, long lines at every Starbucks, session after session of the latest research and educational panels, and a fun evening at Shedd Aquarium. These were all part of my 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology … + read more

An Advocacy Win for Cancer Survivors Facing HBOC

June 2, 2015

  We frequently mobilize our community to challenge health policy barriers to medical care. It’s always gratifying when we are able to report wins, when FORCE organized and amplified your voices to affect positive change. Clarification of guidelines paves the way for eligible cancer survivors to receive BRCA counseling and testing at no cost Guidelines … + read more

Newly proposed United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening guidelines fail to address the needs of many women

May 9, 2015

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published its Draft Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines. Once finalized, these recommendations will replace current guidelines that were published in 2009. The proposed recommendations are specifically to guide decision-making about breast cancer screening for women of average breast cancer risk. The guidelines are particularly important for patients … + read more

Another Reason for People to Know Their BRCA Status

April 13, 2015

By sharing her BRCA status and news of her prophylactic surgeries with the world, Angelina Jolie Pitt has raised awareness about BRCA testing and hereditary cancer to new heights. Her op-eds have created the “the Angelina Effect,” a term describing how her celebrity has increased demand for these services. Still, many people who meet national … + read more

Angelina Jolie and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

March 31, 2015

Kudos to Angelina Jolie Pitt for sharing her BRCA status and news of her prophylactic surgeries with the world, soon after her risk-reducing mastectomy two years ago and again last week when she wrote about her bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Her two op-eds brought an unprecedented level of awareness about hereditary cancer, making words like “mutation” and … + read more

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