Bowel Cancer Australia is fortunate to have a very active community of young people living with or beyond bowel cancer, and their loved ones.
Many young bowel cancer patients say that they can feel quite alone and isolated when first diagnosed with bowel cancer and during their bowel cancer journey.
My name is Angel, I'm 37, married and mum to a 20-month-old little boy Hudson. I have stage 3b bowel cancer.
My symptoms first showed when I became pregnant with my little boy. I was 35, fit, healthy, basking in the joy of a much wanted first pregnancy which had come about after surgery to clear a complicated case of endometriosis......
You have bowel cancer…. Four words you don't expect to hear when you're young.
Yet each year more than 2,100 young Australians do, and data indicates that number is increasing each year.
Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual Never Too Young Awareness Week campaign starts tomorrow, and we’re calling on people around Australia to help spread the word.
1 in 7 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 55, and that number is growing.
Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on the Federal and State Governments to increase funding for colonoscopies this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1-30 June) as new statistics reveal lengthy waitlists across the country continue to grow.
The AIHW’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2018 reveals 84% of participants who received a positive screen did not receive a colonoscopy within the World Health Organisation’s recommended one-month timeframe, with research showing wait-times exceeding 120 days’ lead to poorer outcomes.
“People who receive a positive screen or experience bowel cancer symptoms must receive a timely follow-up colonoscopy, or the opportunity for early detection is lost,” Colorectal Surgeon Graham Newstead said.