Young-onset bowel cancer is on the rise, with almost 1 in 10 bowel cancers now diagnosed in people under age 50.
The needs of younger bowel cancer patients can be different. People living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer experience unique challenges and deserve support services uniquely designed for younger bowel cancer patients and their families.
If you were diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50 or have a family member or friend who was, we’d love you to join our community of #Never2Young Champions and help us raise much needed awareness this Never Too Young Awareness Week.
As Bowel Cancer Australia and our community of #Never2Young Champions prepare to begin next week’s campaign, Jess shares her personal experience to help encourage as many young people as possible to help create real change this 3-9 June.
Diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer at the age of 34, Jess started to experience symptoms while pregnant with her second child and was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after giving birth. Thankfully Jess is now in remission, and is sharing her story to help ensure other young people won't need to go through what she did.
"Anaemia is a fairly non-descript symptom, especially for a 34-year-old pregnant woman, but it was one I had for years.”
“It took my tumour to grow to the size of a grapefruit before I got some 'niggly' stomach pain.”
“Bowel cancer wasn't on the radar for the four doctors who treated me, I wish I'd pressed them further."
Now in its fifth year, Never Too Young Awareness Week is a dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the unique challenges faced by people who are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer - honouring people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50 and remembering those young people who have sadly passed away.
Most importantly, Never Too Young Awareness Week raises awareness of young-onset bowel cancer and helps save lives.
Register to be a #Never2Young Champion today.
SAVE THE DATE: Never Too Young Awareness Week
WHY: 1,413 Australians under the age of 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and that number is growing. We’re not okay with that. You’re not either. Let’s shout it out and shake things up.
WHO: If you are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer or are a loved one - we’d love you to join our community of #Never2Young Champions, and to encourage your friends, family and everyone else you know (and maybe even people you don’t) to support Never Too Young Awareness Week too.