National Hereditary Cancer Week (NHCW) and National Previvor Day are opportunities to shine the light on hereditary cancer, impart knowledge and save lives. Add your voice to our #1FORCECommunity, so we can make a difference together!
This year, National Hereditary Cancer Week is September 25 – October 1, and National Previvor Day is September 28.It has been 12 years since Congress unanimously passed a resolution (H. Res. 1522) establishing the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day in September 2010. Three years ago, FORCE renamed the week to ensure that all people affected by hereditary cancer are recognized and supported.
National Hereditary Cancer Week is a time to acknowledge and honor everyone with a genetic mutation that increases their cancer risk, as well as the families and caregivers that support them. This includes people with Lynch syndrome or an inherited mutation in BRCA1/2, ATM, BRIP1, CHEK2, PALB2, PTEN, RAD51C/D or other gene associated with hereditary cancer. If you are a hereditary cancer survivor, previvor, caregiver or family member, this week is about honoring you and sharing information to help others who may be at an increased risk.
Spreading awareness will save lives
You can help us support those affected by hereditary cancer by informing others about hereditary cancer and the steps they can take to protect their health.
“NHCW is a chance to educate and spread awareness about hereditary cancer. As many as 90% of the millions of people who have a genetic mutation that causes or predisposes them to cancer are unaware of their risk. Let’s use this week to reach as many of these individuals as we can.” – Dr. Sue Friedman, FORCE Founder and Executive Director
Help us spread the word
Join us and show your support by:
- Following FORCE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
- Telling your friends about National Hereditary Cancer Week and National Previvor Day, both in person and on social media.
- Tagging your social media posts with #HereditaryCancerWeek, #PrevivorDay and #1FORCECommunity.
- Bringing FORCE brochures to your healthcare providers (you can order them for free online).
Collectively, we can honor and remember all who have been impacted by hereditary cancer and, most importantly, spread the word so that others can learn as well. Knowledge is power!