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Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer

Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer® is an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer or a BRCA mutation.

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The Joining FORCEs Conference is created by, and for people with an inherited gene mutation or family history of hereditary cancer. Whether you are a cancer survivor, person at high risk for cancer, health care provider, someone who is a caretaker, spouse, parent, or sibling of a high-risk person, this conference has something for you. This international conference offers sessions and workshops on all topics related to hereditary breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and related cancers (HBOC), opportunities for networking, and opportunities to participate in HBOC research.

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Attendees of the Joining FORCEs conference include:

  • Women and men with a mutation associated with HBOC. This includes BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, CHEK2, ATM, PTEN, BRIP1, BARD1, RAD50, RAD51 and others
  • Women and men with a strong family history of breast, ovarian, or other cancers associated with HBOC, including prostate, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer
  • Women and men who are at high risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and melanoma cancers
  • Breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma cancer survivors
  • Men and women who are at high-risk for cancer and want to understand their risk management options
  • Women considering risk-reducing surgery to lower their risk for cancer
  • Women who have undergone risk-reducing surgery attendees
  • Women interested in learning about reconstruction options after mastectomy
  • Spouses, partners, relatives and caregivers of people with, or at high risk for hereditary cancer
  • Health care providers who care for people with, or at high risk for hereditary cancer, including genetic counselors, physicians, oncology nurses, social workers, and nurse navigators
  • Patient advocates

Reasons to attend

  • Hear updates from leading researchers on all aspects of hereditary cancer
  • Learn about standard-of-care and cutting-edge options available for lowering cancer risk or for detecting cancer early
  • Learn about all the options available for breast attendeesreconstruction after mastectomy
  • Learn strategies for coping with being high-risk and/or a carrier of a genetic mutation and strategies for sharing risk information with family members
  • Learn about ways to improve your quality of life while living with hereditary cancer or hereditary cancer risk
  • Learn about clinical trials available for high-risk individuals or cancer survivors with hereditary cancer
  • Enroll in HBOC-specific research
  • Meet and share experiences with other individuals who have faced hereditary cancer risk
  • Learn about advocating and improving lives of people with, or at high risk for hereditary cancer

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