2012 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week
September 23 – September 30
And National Previvor* Day on September 26
(*Previvors are those who carry the gene mutation but have not developed cancer.)
FORCE Recognizes Families Affected by Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer During this Special Awareness Week
You may have your dad’s eyes and your mom’s smile, but you can also inherit risk for cancer from either parent. Some families carry a genetic change known as a mutation in genes called BRCA 1 or BRCA 2. These gene changes can cause a very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer to run in the family.
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers have aggressively attacked generations of families and FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered is the only national nonprofit dedicated to awareness, advocacy, research and support for those affected by these cancers.
National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of HBOC Week and Previvor Day is to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. During this week, from September 23 – September 30, FORCE is recognizing and celebrating those who have been affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, anyone with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors – individuals who are living with a very high risk for cancer but have not developed the disease.
“Through awareness and education, the more than 750,000 people in the United States who carry the positive BRCA gene mutation can take steps to prevent cancer from continuing to impact the next generations. Today, an estimated 90% of those people do not know they carry this gene mutation.” We want families to pass down recipes, photos and memories to the next generation, not the risk of cancer.”
Edwards is a breast cancer survivor who carries the BRCA gene mutation. There is a 50% chance of inheriting the mutation and she inherited it from her father. Her only daughter has also tested positive for the mutation. Jennifer understands there are people who feel afraid to do heredity testing. But knowledge is power. She feels that this knowledge now can save generations in her family and no one will have to go through what she did by being surprised. Come visit her blog http://www.cancertogether.wordpress.com.
No one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone, and for more than 13 years, FORCE has been the voice of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. FORCE provides support, education and awareness to help those facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer know their health care options and make informed decisions. The organization is the de facto leader in guiding critical research and policy issues that impact the hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer community. For more information about FORCE and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, please visit www.facingourrisk.org.