Sharing the news that you have cancer with others is a personal decision.
Reasons why people might tell others about their cancer
It's too big and scary to deal with alone.
It makes it possible for more people to give support.
It gives family and good friends a chance to say how they feel.
Reasons why people might choose not to tell others about their cancer
They're not ready to talk about it.
They're afraid that other people will be scared.
They think other people may not want to be around them.
They don’t want their diagnosis to burden others.
Saying the words out loud makes the cancer more "real."
They don't want others to feel sorry for them or change how they treat them.
Whether you decide to tell one person or more people you know about your diagnosis, being able to talk to someone can make you feel better, especially if you are having a tough time coping. The person or people you confide in can share their strength and hear your concerns.