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.
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.
You have bowel cancer…. four words you don't expect to hear when you're young.
Yet each year more than 1,413 young Australians do.
A new global study of seven high-income countries has found that in the decade up to 2014, Australia’s second most deadly cancer is on the rise in people under 50.
Published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology the study found the number of people aged under 50 diagnosed with colon cancer increased significantly each year in Australia and New Zealand (by 2.9%), Denmark (by 3.1%) and the UK (by 1.8%).
Significant increases in the number of people under age 50 diagnosed with rectal cancer each year were also noted in Australia (2.6%), Canada (3.4%) and the UK (1.4%).