Social Network for Women with Breast Cancer Launches

By: Ryan Jaslow, CBS News
By: Ryan Jaslow, CBS News

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A newly launched social network aims to connect many estimated 227,000 women will develop breast cancer in the United States in 2012 with other women who have or survived the disease.

MyBreastCancerTeam launched in September ahead of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The site aims to connect women with breast cancer to others, to learn more about their experiences or just lend an ear to listen.

"It's like crowdsourcing the best information," Mary Ray, co-founder of MyBreastCancerTeam, told

When users sign up, they can list their basic information in the "Who Am I" section of the site, which acts as their profile. Another section called "My story" lets users share their personal story about their diagnosis and how it's impacted their life.

There's also an Activity page which functions similar to a feed, where users can let others on the social network know how their day is going.

A section called Meet Others allows users to search for other users based on their age, location, stage of cancer, type of breast cancer (e.g. estrogen/progesterone receptor, HER2, IDC, LCIS) and other details about their disease.

While breast cancer support groups may be help many women, Ray says they may not get the answers they're looking for because breast cancer affects different types of women differently.

"A 30-year-old might go to a support group with a 65-year-old who isn't having kids and is postmenopausal," she said. "There are times you can't make a once-a-month meeting where people are different from you, is it really worth going for you?"

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