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I have been a Yana Mentor since 2011 and using my name has not been an issue. (Knock on wood) The information provided in the forum and survivor stories has been invaluable to me and to others. Yes there are unscrupulous characters trolling the internet. I have never been worried that someone might find out that I had prostate cancer and somehow use that against me. I suppose they could but I would rather share my experience and knowledge to help others than to keep it hidden out of fear. Of course using an alias makes good sense on the internet these days but if someone wants to find out who you are then there is not much you can do to stop them. Anyone that would exploit those suffering from cancer have no class or dignity. Some lines you just do not cross.