Saturday, September 24, 2011

National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) and National Previvor Day (@facingourrisk)

Sunday, September 25th marks the beginning of the 2nd annual National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC), which includes National Previvor Day.

I have been fortunate in the past year to get to know and become an active member of FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC).  It has enabled me to meet and get to know others who are previvors like myself; but more than that it has enabled me to further educate myself on matters related to HBOC and has equiped me with resources, information, and support that I can share with others who may be facing HBOC as well.

Join the Celebration: HBOC Week
(September 25th - October 2nd) & Previvor Day (September 28th)

Celebrate With FORCE and Make a Difference.

In 2010, history was made with FORCE’s successful effort to pass a Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and National Previvor Day.

The goal of HBOC Week and Previvor Day is to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. HBOC Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and recognizes anyone affected by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, people with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors, individuals who carry a strong predisposition to cancer but have not developed the disease.

An estimated three-quarters of a million Americans carry an inherited BRCA mutation but nearly 90% of these individuals don’t know about their risk. National HBOC Week and Previvor Day aim to help change that. And, it all starts with a celebration; please join us!

Below is a video about the Hereditary Cancer Research Fund that FORCE founded to help fund the research specific to HBOC; I hope that you will be inspired to visit the FORCE website, learn more about the organization, share the information with a friend, and maybe take the time to support the organization:

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