Decades ago, women were much less likely to talk openly about breast cancer along with their diagnosis and treatment procedures. Things have changed drastically over the years.

Now you have tons of resources and places to ask questions and offer advice when undergoing breast cancer treatment or any health issues post-treatment.

There are forums and websites you can access to get necessary medical information. Today, women talk to their friends and family members more openly about their breast cancer diagnosis.

Additionally, the fears and depression surrounding a cancer diagnosis can be more adequately treated today. The stigma around psychiatry is slowly dissipating and more women are seeing psychologists and psychiatrists to receive necessary mental healthcare.

Celebrities today are also much more likely to speak out on behalf of breast cancer. Recently, Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Forbes reports.

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” Louis-Dreyfus stated on Twitter. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

The disclosure of her disease is further proof that women have become more open about discussing breast cancer. More awareness is vital to spread word about the need for global healthcare coverage and the general frequency of this illness.

Louis-Dreyfus mentioned that one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2017 alone, more than 252,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. About 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with this disease.

However, any breast cancer patient today can ask questions, discuss their concerns, and find lots of different advice on treatment options. Nonetheless, when you first get diagnosed with this disease, you may find it difficult to talk to your friends or family.

To overcome the stress of speaking openly about your medical condition, Breastcancer.org offers a variety of tips and advice. Do you have young sons or daughters and you don’t know how to tell them you have cancer?

If so, you may wonder whether you can keep your diagnosis quiet from your kids. However, this is not the best idea since your children will notice any changes to your usual routine and your physical appearance.

Some tips for talking with kids include planning out the conversation before you go in to talk with them. You’ll also want to use simple language to avoid confusing your children. Be sure to tell your children that the cancer diagnosis isn’t their fault and explain how treatment may affect you.

Most importantly, be sure to ask if your kids have any questions. Try to remain positive when speaking to your children.

When talking to other family members or friends, decide who you’d like to tell and plan your conversation. If they offer to help you, try to accept even if you have lived an independent life.

Tell your loved ones who they can contact to receive updates such as your mother or spouse. Be prepared that not every family member or friend may respond to your diagnosis the way you’d like. You can even set limits on how often you talk about your illness.

Remember that today, talking about breast cancer doesn’t have the stigma of decades past. Feel free to ask your doctor questions and find out more information from community organizations and dependable medical websites.

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