15 Worst Things You Can Say to Someone Battling Breast Cancer
Think before you speak
When you find out someone has breast cancer, it can be hard to know what to say. Even if you have the best of intentions, it's easy to blurt out something that's less-than-helpful. "People don't mean to be insensitive," says Alyson Moadel, PhD, director of the psychosocial oncology program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. "The news just scares them, and they don't know the right thing to say." While not every person will object to all of the following phrases, it's probably best to err on the side of caution and try to avoid these.
"My sister/mother/friend had breast cancer."
"Are you going to lose your hair?"
"Will you lose your breasts?"
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"Do you think hormone therapy or weight gain caused it?"
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"Are you sure you want to try that treatment?"
"You don't look sick."
Saying nothing at all
"Everything will be OK."
"It must run in your family."
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