Bowel Cancer - Never Too Young
Bowel cancer rates doubled in young Australians 20-29 years and are up by 35% in 30-39 year olds over the two decades between 1990 and 2010.
The findings support other Australian and international research that has shown a worrying global trend towards a higher incidence of bowel cancer in younger people, especially given bowel cancer rates are stabilising or falling in over 50s.
According to the researchers, who reviewed Australia Institute of Health and Welfare data, the average age at which a bowel cancer diagnosis is made in Australia is 69 years.
You're Never Too Young
You have bowel cancer - four words you don't expect to hear when you're young. Yet each year over 1,000 young Australians do.
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.
Although a large majority of newly diagnosed bowel cancer cases occur in people aged 50 years and over, 1 in 14 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 50.
Never Too Young Resources
Download or order your free Never Too Young downloadable brochures and factsheets Read More
Never Too Young - early-onset bowel cancer patient survey
Are you a young bowel cancer patient or survivor?
If you were diagnosed with bowel cancer in your 20s, 30s or 40s Bowel Cancer Australia wants to hear from you.
Bowel Cancer Stories (Under 50's)
Many of our Bowel Cancer patients and loved ones choose to share their story to help raise awareness of bowel cancer and to provide support to others who may be experiencing a similar situation.
On these pages you can read some of our under the age of 50 patients' and loved ones stories. We are very grateful to everybody who chooses to share their story with us.
Peer-To-Peer Support Network
Bowel Cancer Australia's Peer-to-Peer Support Network, is a voluntary community of people affected by bowel cancer, whether personally or via a family member.
Bowel Cancer Australia is committed to supporting individuals and their families through all stages of their journey.
We are working hard to ensure ongoing awareness and support following a bowel cancer diagnosis.
Bowel Cancer Australia's nurses support bowel cancer patients and their families by phone and email.
Whether you are worried about symptoms, recently diagnosed or living with bowel cancer our nurses are on hand to offer support and answer your questions and concerns.
Call the Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline on 1800 555 494.
You can also download or order hard copies of our patient booklets and factsheets which cover all aspects of bowel cancer.
Never Too Young Latest News
The latest bowel cancer news from around the world for all early onset of bowel cancer stories. Read More
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Never Too Young Coalition
The Never Too Young Coalition is a group of medical professionals, patient advocacy organisations, cancer survivors and caregivers working to educate the public about the growing issue of bowel cancer diagnoses in younger people and reduce the number of late stage young-onset cases.
Founded by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the Coalition brings together likeminded organisations from the United States of America, United Kingdom (Bowel Cancer UK) and Bowel Cancer Australia Read More
Bowel cancer caught too late among young Aussies
Young Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer - the Australia's second biggest cancer killer - are unaware about their risk and are diagnosed too late, according to a new Bowel Cancer Australia released today.
Interim results from the Never Too Young patient survey, the first-of-its-kind on early-onset bowel cancer, also found that more than half of patients were first diagnosed with stage III or IV or the disease.
The Never Too Young survey revealed that almost a third surveyed waited three months or more to seek medical advice, despite experiencing tell-tale symptoms such as blood in the bowel movement or abdominal pain. Read More
Young Survivors Week
An international week dedicated to honouring people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50. Share photos and stories to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and provide support to young people diagnosed with the disease. Read More