Forum guidelines

Welcome to Breast Cancer Now’s forum!

Our team is here to make sure that our forum is a safe, supportive space for all users. We want it to be an environment where people feel comfortable returning to, and where they know they can post thoughts in a friendly space.

Who this forum is for

Our forum is here for people affected by breast cancer – whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or whether you are supporting someone living with breast cancer.

Please only register if you are at least 18 years old.

What values we encourage

  1. Be kind to each other

Many people using the forum are going through a challenging time. A few words of kindness can go a long way. Be especially nice to new posters – it can be nerve-wracking to post on the forum for the first time.

Give each other the benefit of the doubt. It is easy to misinterpret other people’s comments, especially when read or written in haste. Sarcasm and humour are easy to misunderstand.

Please don’t post comments intended to annoy or inflame other users.

  1. Celebrate different opinions

A wide range of people with very different experiences use the forum. Debate is welcome, but personal attacks are not. Please make your points politely and respectfully. Equally, be prepared for people to disagree with you. Do not take it as a personal attack when it is not meant that way.

  1. Mind your language

Breast Cancer Now celebrates difference, and doesn’t tolerate abuse towards any minority or demographic.

Don’t post content that treats anyone unfairly because of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, ability or disability, religion, gender identity/reassignment, marital status, family circumstance, or age.

  1. Keep it legal

Only post your own content, otherwise you could be infringing copyright. This may include poems, stories, and photos. If you wish to share something that someone else created, it’s nice to acknowledge them and give them credit.

  1. Keep it useful and honest

Sharing experiences is at the heart of the forum, but please do not give medical advice. For reliable medical advice, please speak to a health care professional.

Conversations on the forum can be wide-ranging, but if you post something that is unrelated to the original topic, we may remove it or move it to a more appropriate area.

Do not create multiple accounts, or pretend to be someone else.

This is a support forum, so please do not use it to try to sell things to other members.

We are not able to verify the legitimacy of links to fundraising events, so please do not post fundraising links asking people to donate, even if the funds are meant for Breast Cancer Now.

Read more about how and why we moderate.