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.
Mainstream support services, awareness programs and resources can often be aimed at older people, leaving young-onset bowel cancer patients feeling that their needs are not being met.
Bowel Cancer Australia is different.
We champion what matters most to people living with or beyond bowel cancer, making real change happen across the entire continuum of care. Including patients diagnosed with the disease under the age of 50, and their loved ones.
That’s why we want to know what matters most to you, so that we may improve our programs and initiatives and maximise the impact of our efforts in helping to save young lives and improve the health and wellbeing of young people living with bowel cancer.
The experiences of both young patients and their loved ones is important, so there are two different surveys available. The Loved One Survey includes questions specific to caregivers, as well as an added option to complete the Patient Survey on behalf of a young loved one who has passed away.
The survey will take no more than 15 minutes of your time, but it will make a big difference to shaping the future of prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for young Australians affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young and Never Too Young Awareness Week are initiatives of Bowel Cancer Australia.
Bowel Cancer Australia, in collaboration with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, will compare the Australian survey results with results from a similar survey conducted in the United States, to identify similarities and differences among young-onset patients and their caregivers across continents.