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Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

Join the Celebration: HBOC Week September 25th - October 2nd


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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. This year's celebrations will be held September 25 through October 2, 2011.

The goal of HBOC Week 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 aims to help change that.

And, it all starts with a celebration! Attend an event in your local area and celebrate with a group of FORCE friends. Local groups and volunteers will be holding film screenings, art exhibits, denim swaps and more. Join these events and the Passing of the Torch events (highlighting the link between hereditary breast and ovarian cancer). Click here for a list of scheduled events. It all starts with a celebration!






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For more information, visit FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.