Never assume you’re alone. If you’ve been diagnosed with young-onset bowel cancer. We’re here for you.
15,604 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, 1,413 (or 9%) of whom are under the age of 50.
I was diagnosed with Stage 2b bowel cancer in August 2017, when I went to my doctor feeling extremely tired and seeing blood when I would go to the bathroom. For me I thought this was normal, as I had been previously told I could have Celiac disease and summed it up to being Celiac and I had eaten something with gluten.
To many, I’m a Normal 45 year old male who loves footy, the great outdoors, has a terrific career in Sales and is fortunate to travel around Australia and Africa for a living.
But underneath the clothes lies a permanent colostomy bag after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in the rectum in April 2014.
There is no shortage of information on bowel cancer but when it comes to credible information, that’s a different case.
Although a large majority of newly diagnosed bowel cancer cases occur in people aged 50 years and over, 1 in 11 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 50.
Never assume you’re too young for bowel cancer. Never assume you’re alone. And never assume we don’t need your support to beat bowel cancer within our lifetime.
The needs of younger bowel cancer patients can be different, and people living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer experience unique challenges.