Whether you just have questions, know someone who has it or perhaps you have been diagnosed yourself; most people have been affected by breast cancer in some way or another. Although breast cancer death rates have been on the decline since 1989, there is still much work that needs to be done. Every year, science moves a little closer to finding a cure, but there is quite a bit that the average person can do to help. Outside of medical treatment and early diagnoses, support could be one of the leading factors in dealing with and conquering breast cancer altogether. Thanks to the internet, a person can now get information and support from just about anywhere in the world. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best online support groups for breast cancer.
- Cancer Support Community– Recommended by the Susan G. Komen foundation for support for breast cancer in women and men, the Cancer Support Community caters to all forms of cancer. The site has features for cancer patients or survivors, but it also allows friends and family to be a part of the community as well. Not only do they provide a plethora of information, online support and live chat, but they even have a feature to create your own website for blogging about your experiences.
- BreastCancer.org– Although BreastCancer.org is basically just a forum, it has topics to cover just about any question or concern that someone would have. Also, it is one of the few sites that cater specifically to breast cancer support. On top of that, it currently has over 140,000 members in 73 forums and plans on a new chat room feature coming in the summer of 2014.
- DailyStrength.org– DailyStrength is another site that caters to all forms of cancer, but it also offers health blogs, expert answers and treatment reviews that are submitted by everyday people. The site is safe for kids, free to join and post on, and they encourage any all questions. You also have the option to remain anonymous when posting.
- Breast Cancer Support– BCSupport.org advertises that anyone with breast cancer or even thinks they may have it is an automatic member. There is no sign up, and it is another one of the few sites that caters to breast cancer only. Not only does bcsupport.org have Q and A forums and a chat room, but they also have “get-togethers” and conferences in various places in the US and around the world.
- Macmillan– Macmillan is a cancer support site that caters to all forms of cancer, but this one is specifically from the United Kingdom. What makes the site unique is the fact that it also discusses breast cancer in men, and raises money for cancer research. Although it is a UK based site, it has good information and support that anyone could use.
Cancer.org, “What are the key statistics about breast cancer?,” www.cancer.org
Komen.org, “Support Groups,” ww5.komen.org