Six out of ten people with cancer do not want to be described as fighters, while many oppose the idea that they are fighting the disease, according to a survey, and a new one survey conducted by the charity revealed.
The poll found that many felt that it was inappropriate to describe or fight words – but they also do not want to be called heroes.
Many prefer to use factual language to describe themselves and describe the disease, rather than being considered to have cancer or as a victim of cancer, suggest the results.
The survey of more than 2,000 people with cancer or who had cancer revealed that words such as heroes, cancer victims and cancer patients were inappropriate because they were powerless (42%), isolated ( 24%) and put pressure on positive people (30%).
People with cancer have the most hated being described as having cancer, then being a hero and then a cancer victim.
In terms of death, 64% said that people should be described as having died of cancer, the others preferring death.
Meanwhile, more than four in ten felt that it was inappropriate to say that someone had lost their fight, while 37% opposed the idea of having lost their fight.
Most said it was because it implied that someone was defeated by cancer, while many thought it undermined a person's strength and courage.
Karen Roberts, head nurse at Macmillan, said, "We know there is no" typical "person with cancer, so it goes without saying that people will prefer different ways to talk about the disease.
"Every day we hear people who face this problem. At worst, they could even prevent people from getting the support they need.
"By drawing attention to that, we want to encourage more people to talk about the words they prefer to hear and stop the damage that can be done to people's well-being and relationships."