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'Stupid Cancer' Community Helps Angry Young People Live

“I’m pissed and you're pissed, and that’s kind of cool, because we can be pissed together.”
Matthew Zachary poses in the meeting room of Stupid Cancer's office in Tribeca, New York.
07_28_StupidCancer_01 Source: Erik Tanner for Newsweek

Cancer is primarily a disease of aging, but it still affects plenty of young people. According to the National Cancer Institute, some 70,000 people aged 13 to 39 in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with the disease.

Matthew Zachary, founder and CEO of —an advocacy and support organization for Generation X and millennial cancer patients and survivors—knows all too well the unique challenges young adults face when diagnosed with the Big C.

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