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Welcome to the home page for the Virginia Beach Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to provide information, support, awareness, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Our Virginia Beach Network peer support group leaders are (from left to right) Michelle Braun, Carin Simon, Gosia Pado and Bobbye Sinclair. Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

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"Choice means everything" for women with BRCA gene, April 10, 2015

At High Risk For Breast and Ovarian Cancer, April 23, 2015, West Point Tidewater Review

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Support Meeting November 11, 2015 6:30 pm

Our next quarterly support meeting will feature a special guest, who will speak about surgical nipple reconstruction. This is a follow up session to the February meeting featuring Amy Black and tattoo nipple reconstruction.

Location: Member's home
RSVP:  Email Gosia for address and directions at
Who you'll meet: Special guest Dr. J. Craig Merrell, MD, FACS and other local FORCE Members and Volunteers.
What: Hear Dr. Merrell speak about his work, specifically the option and methods of surgical nipple reconstruction. Dr. Merrell, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon of Plastic Surgery Associates of Tidewater, specializes in breast reconstruction surgery post-mastectomy due to breast cancer or as a prophylactic measure. His vast expertise also includes microsurgery, treatment of skin cancers, and Operation Smile.
Do you have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer? Are you considering genetic testing or have you tested positive for a mutation in BRCA or another gene associated with increased cancer risk? You are not alone.

FORCE exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Virginia Beach area FORCE is holding our quarterly get-together and we hope you can join us!

Learn from other people who are navigating the hereditary cancer path. Help someone else by sharing your story. This is a great chance to meet some local area FORCE members and/or catch up with those you’ve met at previous get-togethers.

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FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered