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%).
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."