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Learn about the specific risks for cancers associated with HBOC.

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Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This FORCE-endorsed book was written by founder and Executive Director Sue Friedman; geneticist Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and health writer, Kathy Steligo. This book is a comprehensive resource on all topics related to hereditary cancer, genetic testing, and risk-management.

What “The Truth About Cancer” got wrong about BRCA mutations and cancer
Summary of the misconceptions about BRCA mutations and cancer that are often discussed on social media.

Weighing the Evidence: Are Women Who Test True Negative for BRCA at Increased Risk of Cancer?
A review of research on the cancer risk of women who test negative for the BRCA mutation in their family.

Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer is Associated with the Type and Location of BRCA Mutation
Summary of early research on estimating cancer risk based on mutation.

Women with HBOC are diagnosed with cancer earlier than their mothers and grandmothers
Article on research from 2011 indicating that women with BRCA mutations are diagnosed younger than women in prior generations.

Empowered with Exercise
Fall 2005 FORCE newsletter article about the link between exercise and cancer risk

Diet and Other Lifestyle Factors in Hereditary Cancers
Fall 2006 FORCE newsletter article summarizing Dr. Nagi Kumar’s presentation at our 2006 conference on the effects of diet and lifestyle on hereditary cancer and risk.

Modifiers of Risk
Summer 2006 FORCE newsletter article summarizing Dr. Narod’s presentation at our 2006 conference on factors that may modify risk for cancer for BRCA mutation carriers.

Other Genes Can Modify BRCA Breast Cancer Risk
Summer 2008 FORCE newsletter article on research discovery of gene variations that can affect the risk for breast cancer in women with BRCA mutations

Exercise, obesity, and cancer prevention: An update
Free webinar by Dr. Kathryn Schmitz on exercise to lower cancer risk in high-risk women.

Updates in Hereditary Cancer Research
This webcast from Dr. Narod's session at our 2011 annual conference discusses risk for a second breast cancer in breast cancer survivors with BRCA mutations.

Diet and Other Lifestyle Factors
Webcast from 2011 conference presented by Nagi Kumar, PhD on dietary and nutritional factors that may affect cancer risk in mutation carriers.

PALB2 and Breast Cancer Risk
Summary of the evidence linking inherited mutations in PALB2 to increased breast cancer risk.

Breast cancer screening should be tailored to a woman’s risk factors and breast density
Summary of recent research on tailoring breast cancer screening to personal risk.


Management of Patients at High-Risk for Breast Cancer
by Victor G. Vogel, MD

Other Websites

Male Breast Cancer Coalition
The Male Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization, brings everyone together to educate the world about male breast cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network
This consortium of experts in the field of oncology publishes a consensus guides for various aspects of risk management for high-risk women.

HIS Breast Cancer Awareness
Resources for men facing breast cancer.

Malecare provides information on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male breast cancer and on the sexual side effects of cancer treatment.

John W. Nick Foundation
The organization is dedicated to male breast cancer awareness.
A comprehensive website for information, resources, and support for breast cancer survivors.

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