Moffitt Cancer Center Joins FORCEs with Families against Breast and Ovarian Cancer

May 04, 2009

Tampa, FLA woman’s chances of getting breast or ovarian cancer may have a lot to do with heredity. Evaluating that risk is a key first step in cancer prevention and early detection. Individuals, families and health care providers will share information about this hereditary link May 14-16 at Buena Vista Palace in Orlando for the 4th annual Joining FORCEs conference sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center and the nonprofit organization Facing Our Risk Of Cancer Empowered .

This international conference will explore the topic of the BRCA mutation, or the so-called breast cancer gene that leads to a higher lifetime risk of breast cancer. Moffitt’s Dr. Rebecca Sutphen will discuss the basics on genetics and what happens when BRCA test results are inconclusive while breast surgeon Dr. Christine Laronga explains options for mastectomies. Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D. and Dr. Tuya Pal from Moffitt will share information about how to reach out to families in underserved communities.

Participants will be empowered to start talking to their family members and to make life changing health decisions to lower their risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Nationally renowned speakers will present, including breast surgeon and author Dr. Susan Love and Joanna Rudnick, producer of the documentary In the Family which focuses on BRCA and hereditary cancer.

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About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  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.


FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  The FORCE community includes survivors of these cancers and their families. FORCE promotes information, education and awareness about cancer risk, prevention, detection and treatment through its events, programs and Web site (