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Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This FORCE-endorsed book was written by founder and Executive Director Sue Friedman; geneticist Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and health writer, Kathy Steligo. This book is a comprehensive resource on all topics related to hereditary cancer, genetic testing, and risk-management.

How Children Respond to a Parent's BRCA Test Results
Article from Spring 2012 Joining FORCEs Newsletter reporting research on what parents tell children about BRCA testing and how children react to this information.

Sharing risk information with children
May 5, 2010: free, on-demand webinar by psychologist Karen Hurley, PhD focuses on feelings that parents commonly experience when dealing with the possibility of risk to their children and guidelines for communication.

Can BRCA Testing Benefit Young Breast Cancer Survivors Who Have Little or No Family History?
Summer 2007 article about research showing that young women with breast cancer should receive genetic counseling, even if they do not have a strong family history of cancer

Coping with Risk and Family Dynamics
Fall 2006 FORCE newsletter article summarizing Dr. Paul Jacobsen’s presentation at our 2006 conference on handling family dynamics when disclosing hereditary cancer risks to family

Hereditary Cancer: How do I tell my children?
Winter 2008 Joining FORCEs newsletter article summarizing presentation at Joining FORCEs Conference on this topic.

National Family History Day: “My Family Health Portrait”
Fall 2005 FORCE newsletter article about the U.S. Surgeon General’s family history initiative.

Printable worksheet for sharing genetic information with family members
FORCE developed this printable worksheet to assist people with sharing medical information with family members.

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