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Hi! My name is Jane Herman and I am the New York City Volunteer Outreach Leader for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! If you have any questions or are in need of support or information, please feel free to e-mail me. I am happy to chat about available resources, information, and support that you may find helpful. As you navigate your hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers experience, know that you are not alone and that you can reach out at any time. I look forward to hearing from you.

You can also be matched to someone who shares a similar experience as you through FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program. Learn more at

Be sure to sign up (on the right side of this page) to receive critical health information and learn about our local networking and educational events via e-mail so we can stay connected.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact Diane Rose, VP of Volunteer Programs. 

Genetic Expert Outreach Leaders: 

Forum Shah, MS, CGC
Elizabeth Manderski, MS, CGC
Anna Cantor, MS, CGC

We are affiliated with:

Bellevue Hospital
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212-562-5704

NYU Langone Hospital
221 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 646-754-1376


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You're Invited to a Special HBOC Week Event for NYC FORCE October 2, 2019, 6:00 pm

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
425 East 61st Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10065

RSVP to Jane at

Join us to celebrate HBOC Week with an evening of yoga and relaxation with Fran Conway, a registered nurse, yoga therapist, and director of complementary care services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  

Fran will lead us in a one-hour session of yoga poses, discussing yoga principles and functional tips designed to stave off fractures and help prevent osteoporosis, one of the many side effects of menopause. Fran has offered this yoga program to many patients, including women undergoing preventative mastectomies. Be sure to RSVP and bring a yoga mat or towel.   Namaste!

You're Invited to an Educational Event October 27, 2019, 1:00-3:30 pm

Holy Name Medical Center's First Annual Hereditary Cancer Symposium

Holy Name Medical Center
718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Free, validated parking

Light refreshments will be served

The Keynote speaker is Annie Parker, three-time cancer survivor, whose story was made into the film “Decoding Annie Parker.” Join us to hear Annie’s inspiring story, followed by a panel discussion, including oncologists and genetic counselors, along with a Q & A session.

RSVP to Jessie at

Do you have a family history of hereditary breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk? This is a great opportunity to hear updates from experts and ask questions based on your personal situation. You can also speak with FORCE and Sharsheret representatives at the information tables.

You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together November 13, 6:30-8:00 pm

Bellevue Hospital
462 First Avenue (between 27th and 28th streets)
Ambulatory Care Building, Room 1024
New York, NY 10016

Enter the hospital through the main entrance on First Avenue between 27th and 28th streets. In the main lobby, go to the left into the Ambulatory Care Building. Take the elevator to the M level. We will meet in Room 1024.

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Facilitator:  Jane Herman

Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk?

Here's your chance to meet others who know what you're going through, to ask questions, learn or just listen in a safe and supportive environment. You are not alone. Join us and live your life empowered!

You're Invited to the Joining FORCEs Conference June 18-20, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA 

Attend the 12th annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer conference for an inspirational experience of knowledge, empowerment and connecting with other members of our community.

This is an international conference designed to empower men, women and families facing hereditary cancer. It offers sessions and workshops led by renowned experts on all topics related to hereditary breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and colon cancers.

Whether you are a cancer survivor, person at high risk for cancer, healthcare provider or caregiver, this conference has something for you. As an attendee you will have the opportunity to enroll in research, meet world renowned hereditary cancer experts, share experiences and network with others who have first-hand understanding of all you are going through. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the conference and how to register

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