Joining FORCES is the FORCE newsletter with news, views and supportive information for individuals concerned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
by Lisa Rezende, PhD
FORCE welcomes all people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), regardless of their type of mutation, personal or family history of cancer, or whether or not they have undergone genetic testing. Families who have a strong history of breast and/or ovarian cancer but have no known mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have always been important members of our community.
Today, more people are using expanded panel testing, and finding that they have a mutation in one of a variety of genes associated with HBOC, including PTEN, CDH1, ATM, CHEK2, TP53, BRIP1, BARD1, STK11 and others. FORCE has expanded our expert-reviewed content and updated our volunteer training to assure that people with mutations in these and other genes have the resources and support they need while making decisions about managing their cancer risk. Their risk for cancer may be different, but their need for support is the same. We hope all individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers will rely on FORCE for the information, support, and resources they need on their journey.