First patient-centered conference on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer set for Feb. 10-11, 2006, in Tampa

February 08, 2006

Tampa, FL – FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute are collaborating to present “Joining Forces Against Hereditary Cancer,” the first national conference for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The conference will be held Feb. 10-11 in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa. For more information on the conference contact FORCE at (954) 255-8732 or visit www.facingourrisk.org/conference. Registration fee is $100.

World-renowned researchers and experts on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer from Moffitt Cancer Center and other institutions will present cutting-edge information on cancer treatment, risk, management and research. Kathy Steligo, author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, will moderate a panel of experts speaking about mastectomy and reconstruction options. Keynote speaker Allison Stanley, who participated in the daytime reality show Starting Over, will discuss her experience of learning about her genetic predisposition on national television.

A dinner to benefit FORCE will be held Sat., Feb. 11, at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Dinner is $100 per person. The invited speaker, breast surgeon Dr. Susan Love, author of the “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” will present her latest research efforts in breast cancer detection and prevention. “Our goal is to provide people with the latest information on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer while giving them the opportunity to network and gather support,” says FORCE Executive Director and Founder Sue Friedman. “About ten percent of cancers are hereditary. Although our population makes up the minority of the breast and ovarian cancer community, we share a disproportionate cancer burden and still represent a large number of people around the country. This is a unique opportunity for us to come together.” Friedman is a nine-year survivor of hereditary breast cancer. She was diagnosed at age 33.

Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, Moffitt’s Director of Medical Genetics and the conference’s co-director, will present her research in ovarian cancer detection. “We are thrilled to host this unique event for sharing our research efforts with the community most likely to benefit, and whose ongoing participation is essential to future research success.”

FORCE was founded in 1999 by Sue Friedman, DVM, a breast cancer survivor and carrier of a BRCA-2 mutation that predisposed her to cancer. Diagnosed at the age of 33, Friedman was concerned by the lack of support, information and services specific to families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Friedman founded FORCE to provide support for high-risk women and raise awareness about hereditary cancer risks. For more information about FORCE, please visit: www.facingourrisk.org.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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