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7/26/2019
FORCE is supporting legislation (H.R. 4078) to reauthorize and increase funding for the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY) Act.

6/27/2019
We played a lead role in drafting coalition comments on the FDA's proposed mammography guideline updates.

6/21/2019
FORCE recommendations regarding genomics were accepted and will be integrated into the Healthy People 2030 objectives.

6/3/2019
Today, the FDA announced a new pilot program called Project Facilitate to assist oncologists in requesting access to unapproved therapies for cancer patients. 

5/7/2019
We signed onto coalition letters to the House and Senate regarding FY20 funding for the Defense Health Research programs. 

Establishment of National HBOC Week and Previvor Day

Hereditary Cancer Awareness

Overview

On September 15th, 2010, in a unanimous show of support, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a Resolution sponsored by Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) establish National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day. National HBOC week is now recognized as an annual event, beginning the last Sunday in September and ending the first Saturday in October.  National Previvor Day occurs on the Wednesday of that week.  The timing—the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)—demonstrates the link between these two cancers.  It is estimated that up to 25% of ovarian cancers are due to hereditary factors and approximately 10% of breast cancers are hereditary. FORCE is proud to have spearheaded this initiative to bring attention to HBOC syndromes and to recognize their impact on the families affected.

Read the text of the resolution, H Res #1522. 

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