Never2Young: New resources for young-onset patients and their loved ones

Bowel Cancer Australia

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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.

Mainstream support services and resources can therefore often be aimed at older people. Leaving young-onset bowel cancer patients feeling that their needs are not being met.

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Never assume you’re alone.

Bowel Cancer Australia is different. We provide essential support services uniquely designed for younger bowel cancer patients and their families.

In celebration of Never Too Young Awareness Week, we’ve launched a suite of new resources dedicated to young-onset bowel cancer, to help raise much-needed awareness and better support young people diagnosed with the disease.

Our new ‘Young people with bowel cancer - A guide for the under 50s’ gives an introduction to how bowel cancer can affect your body, emotions, relationships and daily life.

Included in the new booklet is a series of helpful and empowering stories from young people living with or beyond bowel cancer.

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Never assume everyone knows about bowel cancer.

It is a common misconception that bowel cancer is 'an old person's disease', but the reality is that you should never be told that you are too young to have bowel cancer.

We hope our new young-onset bowel cancer infographics (featuring Hollie and Jamie) and posters (Never Assume and Never2Young) will help people around Australia to raise awareness and save lives.

All of the resources are available for download through our website here.


Please Note: the 'Young people with bowel cancer - A guide for the under 50s' booklet is currently only available for download, but will be available to order in hard copy soon.

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