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
Bowel Cancer Australia has released a new infographic highlighting the most common genetic causes of bowel cancer, to coincide with the annual Christmas in July campaign.
The campaign acknowledges that around 25 per cent of patients have a family history or genetic inheritance, both of which significantly increase a person's risk of developing bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Stories (Under 50s)
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.
Never Too Young - Videos
WATCH: Young Survivors Andrew (22), Darren (46), Gemma (25), Hollie (24), Jess (29), Michelle (34), Tom (29) and Steph (28) share their stories for Young Survivors Week.
In their own words, each shares their personal story and experiences with bowel cancer. Plus their inspiring 'piece of advice' for other young people.
Helping to raise much needed awareness that you're never too young to have bowel cancer, and offering invaluable support to other young people affected by the disease through shared experiences.
Thank you all for sharing you stories.
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 Care Nurses
Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care 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 Bowel Care 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.
Fundraising & Events
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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
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
Bowel Cancer App
In the era of personalised medicines and oral chemotherapy taken at home, Bowel Cancer Australia is getting Aussies ready for the future of patient care with a new bowel cancer app.
Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive Mr Julien Wiggins said the days of the passive patient are long gone.
"The ways people seek information, their interaction with health professionals and how they manage their conditions are now significantly different to what they were a decade ago," he added.