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Cancer Conversation: Proper etiquette for talking to friends, family battling cancer

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OKLAHOMA -- October is breast cancer awareness month, and Carey Sue Vega is talking about a different kind of awareness.

If you don't know what to say or how to react to a friend or family member who has cancer, you're not alone. There is a certain etiquette that should be maintained when speaking about such a sensitive subject.

There are certain things that make cancer patients immediately cringe:

  • What stage are you?
  • Are you going to lost your hair?
  • At least they caught it early.
  • Are you sure you want to do that treatment?
  • Just let me know what you need.

But there are some positive and encouraging things you can say to those who are battling cancer:

  • I admire your courage and strength.
  • You are facing a huge challenge, but you're doing a great job.
  • My prayers and encouragement are with you.
  • You are an inspiration to me and others.

In the video above, Vega also talks about practical ways to help a friend or family member with cancer.

Click here for more information on Carey Sue's etiquette tips, or here for more information and encouragement about dealing with cancer.