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Should I tell people about my melanoma diagnosis?

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You may feel better if you tell others what’s going on. But sometimes that can backfire. You may have to answer uncomfortable questions or deal with inappropriate comments. These tips can keep awkward moments to a minimum -- or at least help you control your reaction to them:

  • Remember, it usually isn't about you. People bring their own fears and memories to the table.
  • Be thoughtful about who you tell and how much to share.
  • If you're tired of explaining your diagnosis over and over again, send people to a website or choose a friend or family member to answer questions.
  • Have responses prepared in case you get odd questions or comments, or be ready to change the subject.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

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