Recognizing and supporting individuals with a predisposition to cancer

September 23, 2015

Penn State Hershey will observe Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. Previvor Day, observed on Sept. 30, recognizes and supports individuals who carry a predisposition to cancer but have not developed the disease.

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is caused by mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. It is the most common cause of inherited breast and ovarian cancer, affecting about one in 400 people.

HBOC Week marks the transition from National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and recognizes anyone affected by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, people with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors and previvors.

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling and the option of genetic testing, as well as resources and support for individuals facing hereditary cancer syndromes. The Cancer Genetics Program, in conjunction with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), holds a quarterly group meeting to provide support to families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

The next meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Penn State Hershey Breast Center at 30 Hope Drive. For more information, call 717-531-1631.

Last Updated September 23, 2015