Did you know, the rates for bowel cancer have been declining among adults over 50, but rising in adults UNDER 50?
Unfortunately, young-onset patients are more likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer in Stage 3 or 4, when the disease is harder to treat. Missed symptoms and misdiagnosis can often delay the correct diagnosis in young-onset cases.
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.
Around 1 in 10 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 50.
Join Bowel Cancer Australia in helping to save young lives this #Never2Young Awareness Week (22-28 June 2020) by raising awareness that you’re never too young to have bowel cancer.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
JOIN OUR ‘MY AGE WAS NOT A FACTOR ’ SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
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 #Never2Young Awareness Week and challenge common misconceptions. But we can’t do that alone.
This June we encourage you to join our community of #Never2Young Champions in raising much needed awareness, helping to save young lives and improve the health and wellbeing of people living with young-onset bowel cancer.
Download a 'My Age Was Not A Factor' social media placard. There are placards for people living with or beyond bowel cancer, as well as a version for loved ones.
Take a photo of yourself holding our ‘My Age Was Not A Factor’ placard and send your picture through to us using this webform. We’ll share your photograph throughout the campaign.
Keep a copy of your photograph handy and get ready to share it on your Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtags #Never2Young and #BowelCancerAustralia and tagging @BowelCancerAustralia (or @BowelCancerAust on Twitter) on 22-28 June 2020.
Suggested social media wording to accompany your photo:
“Did you know, the rates of bowel cancer have been declining among people over 50, but rising in those UNDER 50? Join me in helping Bowel Cancer Australia save lives this #Never2Young Awareness Week by raising awareness that you're never too young to have bowel cancer.”
Loved ones are encouraged to get involved and share photos too. Download a ‘My Age Was Not A Factor’ social media placard from our online store and then send your picture through to us using this webform.
Your story is unique, and your bowel cancer experience can be a big help to others.
What is the biggest challenge you (your loved one) faced when diagnosed with bowel cancer at a younger age?
Knowing what you do now, having been through bowel cancer yourself or with your loved one, what would be the one piece of advice you would give to others?
To share your #Never2Young story, please use this webform.
Be an advocate for your own health
Early stage bowel cancer may show no obvious symptoms. Listen to your body and talk to your GP if you know something is not right. Seek a second opinion if needed.
For around 30% of all bowel cancer cases diagnosed there is a family history, hereditary contribution or a combination of both.
Diet and lifestyle choices, as well as screening and surveillance, can also influence your bowel cancer risk.
An initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia that provides resources uniquely designed for younger people. Helping young Australians to better understand their bowel cancer risk and to take appropriate action, raise much-needed awareness and receive dedicated support that is tailored to the needs of young-onset patients.
For further details visit nevertooyoung.org.au