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New Breast Cancer Social Network Launches For Women

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There doesn’t seem to be much press for social networking sites that aren’t Facebook these days but that doesn’t mean they’re the only game in town. MyBCTeam is a new site aimed at women who are dealing with breast cancer. 

MyBCTeam, short for MyBreastCancerTeam, is an off-shoot of MyHealthTeams. They create social networks specifically for chronic condition communities and last year they launched MyAutismTeam. It seems appropriate MyBCTeam would launch during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The site is open to women currently receiving treatment, those recently diagnosed and even those who are 15+ year survivors. MyBCTeam uniquely allows women to come together, find others by age, location or even by diagnosis and treatments,” according to Wired. “MyBCTeam provides these women a network to share stories, treatment tips, doctor referrals, scarf fashion trends, current research studies, fears, inspiration and day-to-day support.”

And for those of you wondering, MyBCTeam is only for women, even though men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary Ray, CMO and Co-founder of MyBCTeam said, “At this time the site is dedicated only to women, though we hope with the success of this site and others, that we can eventually launch a site dedicated to men.”

Like Facebook, MyBCTeam will feature an activity page where you can post updates but instead of “pokes,” the site has a “hug” button.

“MyBCTeam provides a safe and welcoming environment where women can share their personal stories and daily ups and downs during and after treatment,” said Ray. “Women can also share the providers they’ve found most useful – from oncologists to wig shops, treatment details and even specific tips like what drinks help with the short-term after-effects of chemotherapy on taste buds.”

I’ve been a member of a condition-specific social network before and had good experiences with it. Do you think a breast cancer social network is a good idea?

(via GeekMom on Wired)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."