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Social network focuses on shared cancer stories

I Had Cancer is a social network for people with the disease and their supporters. You can also send a message to the disease with the 'Dear Cancer' tab.

I Had Cancer

If your life or that of a loved one has been touched by cancer, here's a new social network where you can share your experiences and offer mutual support.

I Had Cancer recently launched to connect current and former cancer patients, as well as their supporters.

Users can build profiles, create circles of friends, contribute to discussions, and send cancer itself a message via the "Dear Cancer" tab.

If they want to find someone who has gone through similar circumstances, they can also find users by location, gender, age, type of cancer, and treatment.

Founder Mailet Lopez of New York's Squeaky Wheel Media was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she longed to meet someone her age with a similar background to fight her feeling of isolation.

"Four in 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes," Lopez said in a release.

"When you add to that number all of the friends, family, and other people who surround those battling the disease, you quickly realize that almost everyone has a story to share."

See a promo video for the site here.