During National HBOC Week and National Previvor Day, we recognize and celebrate those who have been affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
We would like everyone – you, your family and friends – to celebrate this occasion and take at least one action. No matter how large or intimate, your personal celebration will create awareness about HBOC and FORCE. Every action makes a difference. Every action has the potential to save a life!
Here are some of the ways people have celebrated National HBOC Week and National Previvor Day. We'd love to hear and share how you celebrate this year.
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In 2010, history was made with FORCE’s successful effort to pass a Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and National Previvor Day.
The goal of HBOC Week and Previvor Day is to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. HBOC Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and recognizes anyone affected by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, people with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors, individuals who carry a strong predisposition to cancer but have not developed the disease.
An estimated three-quarters of a million Americans carry an inherited BRCA mutation but nearly 90% of these individuals don’t know about their risk. National HBOC Week and Previvor Day aim to help change that. And, it all starts with a celebration; please join us!