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FORCE is Preparing for 2011 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day … and we hope you are too!

August 22, 2011

HBOC Week is our opportunity to shine the light on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, impart knowledge, and save lives. Let’s join together to make a difference!

On September 15, 2010, history was made with the unanimous passage of H Res 1522, the Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and National Previvor Day.  It was truly amazing to watch this vote unfold and to hear our elected officials tell their own personal stories and share their support of this resolution. This video from MSNBC captured the sentiment of the day.

With this historic vote, FORCE ensured that the concerns and needs of our community would be heard.  This year – with your help – we plan to raise our voices even louder.  Our 2011 Spread the Word campaign recognizes everyone affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, including women and men with BRCA mutations, people with a family history of cancer, and breast and ovarian cancer survivors and previvors.  HBOC Week straddles September which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and highlights the important genetic link between the two cancers. Our goal is to continue to inform and educate the public and the medical community about hereditary cancer so family history, cancer risk, early detection and prevention are foremost in people’s minds.  Most people with a predisposition to cancer are unaware of their increased risk and the options available for managing that risk. Spreading awareness will save lives.

Encourage health care providers, support group facilitators, churches, synagogues, and employers to display the printable poster on HBOC Week and the signs of HBOC

As we prepare for National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previver Day, we hope that you will join us and get involved. We’ve made it easy, visit our HBOC Week celebration ideas page. Simple acts can make a difference: consider bringing FORCE brochures to you health care providers (you can order them for free online). Share this link for our printable poster and encourage your doctors, mammography centers, employers, and local businesses to post them on their walls.  “Like” FORCE on Facebook.  Tell all of your friends about National HBOC Week and National Previvor Day and what it means to you. Go one step further and attend an HBOC event in your area and celebrate with other members of the community.

Collectively we can honor and remember all who have been impacted by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and, most importantly, Spread the Word so that others can learn and celebrate along with us.

For more ideas of how to celebrate, see our suggested ideas for Spreading the Word at:

If you are looking for an HBOC Event to attend, please visit:

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