Joining FORCES is the FORCE newsletter with news, views and supportive information for individuals concerned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Empower yourself while helping to empower FORCE. Raising awareness about FORCE and HBOC can save lives. Spread the word!
by Lisa Schlager
So, you know that you have a strong predisposition to cancer due to family history or a diagnosed BRCA mutation. You've become educated about your options and the latest research for detection, prevention and treatment. Now what? If you would like to help others navigate the HBOC journey but don't know where to start, consider these suggestions.
Distribute FORCE literature to local oncologists, breast surgeons, OB/GYNs, and other healthcare professionals to make them aware of our programs and resources. Share your story with family, friends, and coworkers. Tell them about HBOC and how FORCE supports the hereditary cancer community. Encourage anyone affected by HBOC to attend our Joining FORCEs conference.
Blog and Twitter about your HBOC or FORCE experience. Pitch a story to your local newspaper, TV, or radio station. Uncomfortable putting yourself in the media? Your local FORCE outreach coordinator can identify individuals who are eager to share their stories.
When you raise money for FORCE, you help the entire hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. Check out the "How to Help" section of our website for more ideas and our step-by-step "Event in a Box" fundraising guide. We need individual and corporation donations to fund our programs; talk to your employer about a sponsorship or corporate matching program.