FORCE and Moffitt Sponsor World’s Largest Conference for those with Hereditary Cancer

May 15, 2007

Tampa, FL – Just as your height and eye color can be passed on from your family, your risk for breast and ovarian cancer can also be genetic. FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will be hosting the 2nd annual Joining FORCEs conference 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 to any individual or family with a gene mutation or hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and to health care providers who serve the community. The conference covers all aspects of the hereditary cancer experience.

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. Christina Annunziata, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, will give 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.

A FORCE benefit dinner will be held at the Florida Aquarium May 18 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a silent auction of celebrity signed denim including two pairs of jeans from Oprah, a pair from Janet Jackson, Adam Sandler, the cast of the NBC sitcom The Office, the cast of the ABC drama Desperate Housewives and a jacket from Bill Cosby. Tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds from the dinner will benefit FORCE.

Cost for registration is $150. Genetic counseling continuing education credits will be available for an additional $30. Nursing continuing education credits will be available for an additional $40.

To register for the conference, visit the 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.