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Welcome to the home page for the Los Angeles & West Valley/Ventura Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to help individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers connect for support, awareness, resources, education, advocacy and fundraising. Please contact Diane Rose if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

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If you are looking for support or information, reach out to our Los Angeles & West Valley/Ventura Network peer support group leaders: Carly Miller, Sarah Spaltro, Amy Yoffe, Brenda Lam, and Marlene Cunningham.




Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura)

Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles (email)

Carly Miller, Los Angeles

Carly Miller, Los Angeles (email)


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together March 18th, 2018 10:30am - 2:00 pm

West Valley/Ventura Area

Cancer Support Community
530 Hampshire RD
Westlake Village, CA

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Taras, BRCA positive OB/GYN

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As we discuss our hereditary cancer risk, the first questions asked often relate to breast and ovarian cancer.  We educate ourselves about which doctors to see, whether to choose surveillance or surgery, how to manage menopause symptoms, etc.  But what about our concerns that go beyond breast and ovarian cancer?  What additional screenings might be appropriate? What about the medical needs of men living with a genetic mutation? 

Dr. Ian Taras is a BRCA-postive OB/GYN who is uniquely able to address the wide range of concerns directly impacting our hereditary cancer community. Dr. Taras will discuss a comprehensive approach to care for individuals at high risk for hereditary cancers. He will help us understand how to monitor and manage our risk for such hereditary cancers as breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, primary peritoneal, and melanoma.

As a reminder, men are always welcome to attend FORCE meetings.  Whether you have test positive for a hereditary cancer mutation or are here to support someone who has, you are welcome in our group.

Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk?

Here's your chance to meet others who know what you're going through, to ask questions, learn or just listen in a safe and supportive environment. You are not alone. Join us and live your life empowered!

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Free Resources Available for Survivors, Previvors and Caregivers! 

Whether you have just learned about your hereditary cancer risk or have known about it for many years, FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program provides important information for you and your family. Trained Peer Navigator volunteers who understand your situation are available for confidential 1:1 phone support. Following the call, you will receive a free personalized guide filled with expert-reviewed resources that will help you make informed medical decisions with your doctors.

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