A provincial entity with national and international reach, we remain the only organization of its kind in Canada.
We represent, educate and support individuals, families and communities impacted by HBOC syndrome.
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome is caused by the presence inherited genetic mutations that greatly increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer, primarily breast and ovarian.
Hereditary cancer is diagnosed at a much higher rate than spontaneous cancer, at younger ages, has a higher rate of recurrence and is more aggressive. Female HBOC syndrome carriers can experience exceptionally high breast and ovarian cancer risks and male carriers slightly higher breast cancer risk along with a high risk of prostate cancer. Both sexes may be more susceptible to some other types of cancer, depending on the mutation carried.
About the Society
The HBOC Society is a charitable, non-profit organization whose vision is to ensure those affected directly or indirectly by this type of hereditary cancer have timely access to quality health information and services. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors and supported by an Advisory Council of professionals with expertise relevant to the work of the Society.