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Applying Personalized Medicine to Disease Screening and Prevention

August 6, 2012

Personalized medicine uses information about an individual’s genetic make-up to deliver the right screening, prevention, or treatment options at the right time to achieve the best medical outcome. Genetic counseling, risk assessment, and genetic testing to determine inherited predisposition for diseases are important and growing areas of personalized medicine that further this goal. Critics have … + read more

13 Things That Jewish People Should Know About Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

July 10, 2012

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, cancer was not on my radar. Despite the fact that my paternal grandmother had died young of so-called “abdominal cancer,” none of my health care providers indicated that I might be at high risk for cancer. My health care team treated my diagnosis of young-onset … + read more

Lucky 21 – For Dan

June 26, 2012

I know that this post is a departure from our “13 things” theme. But it was important for me to share this post with our community. I have said in the past that FORCE was founded on the principle that “no one should face hereditary cancer alone.” I have been blessed with a partner who … + read more

A Public Response to Dr. Ivan Oransky

June 12, 2012

To put this post in context, I was forwarded the link to this webcast from the recent TedMed Conference. I suggest watching this presentation by Dr. Ivan Oransky prior to reading the following blog. Dear Dr. Oransky, I recently watched your TedMed presentation and I share your concerns about medical overtreatment of certain conditions and … + read more

13 Facts that Men with Hereditary Cancer Risk Should Know

June 1, 2012

As we approach Father’s Day we would like to call attention to an often forgotten group: men who have a BRCA mutation or a family history of hereditary cancer. Although men don’t get ovarian cancer and their risk for breast cancer is very low, we are learning more and more about how hereditary cancer risk … + read more

13 Reasons to Attend the Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference

May 1, 2012

Registration is now open for our 7th annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer conference. The excitement is building as planning progresses for this amazing and unique event. As Course Director, I think the conference is incredible; as a participant, this is the conference that I personally enjoy the most and gain the most from attending. … + read more

13 Tips for Incorporating Fitness into Your Life

April 27, 2012

I am not someone who is drawn to exercise. In my teens, I avoided exercise and didn’t take care of my body. And yet, at age 49 I find myself in the best physical shape of my life because I have learned to incorporate exercise into my routine. I have read many studies demonstrating the … + read more

Overall Health: Addressing the Big Picture

April 2, 2012

For those with an inherited predisposition, cancer remains a serious and pervasive threat. But as scientists learn more about hereditary cancer, we have greater opportunities to apply research to live longer and better.  As a community we must continue to press for more research to understand the long-term health consequences of hereditary cancer and risk-management … + read more

Guest Blogger: Knowledge IS Power

March 16, 2012

Guest blogger and Phoenix Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Edwards shares her story and thoughts on why she feels supporting FORCE is so important. I grew up watching my grandmother, two aunts and mother battle breast cancer, each of them having it more than once.  As a young adult, I knew that I needed to be the … + read more

Why Shouldn’t We Have It All?

March 5, 2012

As a 15-year breast cancer survivor, I remind myself daily of my good fortune and blessings. Of course, I feel fortunate to be a long-term survivor, especially when I consider that my cancer initially recurred nine months after treatment. I made it through chemotherapy and radiation without any serious problems, despite needing a transfusion and … + read more

13 Important Facts About Our Hereditary Cancer Research Fund

March 1, 2012

How many times have you been asked for YOUR INPUT on which types of research should be supported? As an important stakeholder in cancer research, it is your right to help guide the direction of research. Please help us advance hereditary cancer research by: reading the 13 facts listed below about our research fund, completing our … + read more

Exclusive gene patent on BRCA: Adding burden to an already overburdened community

February 22, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is gathering information on the impact of gene patenting on genetic diagnostic in order to prepare a report to Congress under the America Invents Act. The USPTO is soliciting public commentary on this important issue by organizing public hearings. This past Thursday, Lisa Schlager, Vice President of Community Affairs and Public Policy … + read more

13 Reasons to Read and Share “Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer”

February 9, 2012

As many of you know, this week marked the official release of our book Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, Kathy Steligo and I collaborated over two years to create the very best comprehensive single resource for the high-risk community. In keeping with our theme of “13” this … + read more

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

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