Telling People You Have Breast Cancer

Most women say that telling people they have cancer is one of the hardest parts of the journey.  Who you tell, when you tell them, how and what to say is likely to be different, depending on who you are talking to.

There is a great deal of helpful advice on the internet and in books and leaflets and we suggest that you look at some of this to help you work out what is right for your circumstances.

  • Think ahead of time what it is you want to tell the person / people.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time and a place that is comfortable, where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.
  • Tell the person/people as much, or as little, as you feel OK with.

Willow has a page on telling people you have cancer. Although quite short, the page has a variety of helpful links.

The Canadian Cancer Society has different pages on talking about cancer, including telling family, your employer, colleagues, and children.