Hi @Roo and welcome!
If you're worried about the safety and authenticity of this site, don't be. We put a lot of thought and planning into the creation of this community, and it is managed ongoing. This site is linked from every state and territory Cancer Council website too.
I should take a moment to introduce myself - I'm Kate, you'll get used to me popping up here and there. I am the Community Manager for the Online Community and I am employed full-time by Cancer Council. I also have a team of health professionals around me that help me manage and moderate the community, also employed by Cancer Council.
As @RJG mentioned, we do have private messaging but this is a privilege earned by interaction in the community as it is currently locked down for new members (mostly to stop people from signing up and sending spam to unsuspecting people). We also have closed groups for some things and plan more in the future for discussion about the more sensitive cancers.
I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.