A developer in upstate New York is trying to help young people who have cancer — by turning to their phones. 

"Stupid Cancer" is an app created by Dave Feuhrer of Rochester. He beat cancer twice in his 20s, and wanted to come up with a way to make people feel less lonely battling it.

Launched last year, the free app has quickly taken off and is now nationwide. There have already been thousands of interactions on it. 

But it's not just for patients and survivors: Friends and family in the fight are also welcome.

"Going through cancer can be a really isolating and terrifying experience. And just being connected to others who can relate can change the whole dynamic of what that's like. And so our platform simply brings people together for others who understand what they are going through," said Fuehrer.

Each year, 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.