FORCE and Moffitt Sponsor Conference for the Hereditary Cancer Community and Health Care Providers Who Treat that Community

April 18, 2007

Tampa, FL – FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the University of South Florida announced that the 2nd annual Joining FORCEs conference will be held May 18 and 19 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. The Joining FORCEs Conference is an international program that offers general sessions and workshops on topics of interest to any individual or family with a BRCA mutation or hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and to health care providers who serve the community. The conference covers a wide range of topics, encompassing all aspects of the hereditary cancer experience.           

“This level of collaboration has a chance to impact our community like no other event,” said Sue Friedman, the executive director of FORCE. “If we meet our registration goal, our conference will mark the word’s largest gathering of individuals and families concerned about hereditary cancer.”

The second annual Joining FORCEs conference will offer even more depth, breadth and variety of content. Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., Moffitt’s associate center director of cancer prevention and control, will provide an overview of the current state and future challenges of hereditary cancer research. Canadian researcher Dr. Steven Narod will present on external and environmental factors which affect risk. Dr. Elise Kohn, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, will be giving an update on PARP inhibitors for BRCA-related cancers. Experts will present the latest information about breast and ovarian cancer detection and risk reduction, and also address quality-of-life issues for BRCA carriers. Dr. Judy Garber, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will cover information on cancer risks according to age, and how medical interventions affect those risks. A selection of plastic surgeons will present an overview of breast reconstruction options. There will be a session devoted to men with BRCA mutations and another for young, high-risk women. Workshops include: “Fertility and Adoption Options,” “Understanding Research, Clinical Trials andAdvocacy” and “Discussing Hereditary Risk with Children.” A special lunch session will feature Brenda Maddox, author of Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA.

The FORCE benefit dinner will be held at the Florida Aquarium May 18 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person, and all proceeds from the dinner will benefit FORCE.

Cost for registration is $120 until March 1, and $150 after April 1. Genetic counseling continuing education credits will be available for an additional $30. Nursing continuing education credit will be available for an additional $40.

To register for the Joining FORCEs Conference, visit the conference Web page at: For more information about the conference, please e-mail: or call Cindi Hughlett at (813) 745-1247.

About FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered FORCE is the only international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission includes providing up-to-date information, resources, peer support, and advocacy, raising awareness, and promoting research specific to hereditary cancer.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

About the University of South Florida The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF received more than $310 million in research contracts and grants last year, and it is ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of two of the nation’s fastest growing universities in terms of federal research and development expenditures.  The university has a $1.6 billion annual budget and serves 44,038 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.