A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 20 June 2018), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin) and apple themed fundraising activities.
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer and its impact is felt not just by those diagnosed with the disease, but also by their loved ones.
Loved ones like, Diana and the Green Family.
According to a population-based study of Australian bowel cancer patients, one-third (32%) reported they were seeing four to six different types of health professionals, with 16% seeing more than seven.
The study also found 83% of patients identified access to a bowel care nurse by phone or in person as an important resource to improve their care coordination.
A Bowel Care Nurse is a registered nurse who has specialist knowledge and experience caring for patients with bowel cancer.
Often one of the most compelling ways for people to take notice and become aware of an important issue, is to see that other people just like them are affected.
That’s why we share the ‘faces of young-onset bowel cancer’ with Australia (and the world) during Never Too Young Awareness Week and challenge common misconceptions. But we can’t do that alone.