Were you diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50, or do you have a family member or friend that was?
"I was 38 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 3B bowel cancer. I started losing my hair, so I went to the doctor to check if everything was ok. I was extremely iron deficient, so the doctor suggested I start taking iron tablets."
"My beloved brother Rob was diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 bowel cancer in October 2017, just before his 44th birthday. His was diagnosed with the disease after having an unusual pain in his abdomen, which led to urgent CT scans. Rob had surgery and chemotherapy, and sadly lost his life in June 2018, 8 months after diagnosis."
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes disorders that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
Chronic inflammation can cause continuous turnover of cells in the intestinal lining.
As cells ‘turnover’, old cells are replaced with new cells.
Each time cells turnover, the risk of irregularities that may lead to bowel cancer increases.
As a result, people living with IBD are considered to be at a higher risk of developing bowel cancer approximately 8 to 10 years after they first start experiencing inflammation of the gut.