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 now Bowel Cancer Australia - with an aim to help address the rise in bowel cancer diagnoses and mortality rates in those younger than 50 years old (young-onset).
The global collaboration comes with a decisive mission: educating the public that you’re never too young for bowel cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the world and second leading cause in Australia, and arming people with the resources and tools to incite change.
The Never Too Young Coalition has committed to such projects as Young Survivors Week, national awareness campaigns, a webinar series and various research studies.
Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young
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.
Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young is an advocacy initiative from Bowel Cancer Australia, providing resources uniquely designed for younger people, helping them to better understand their bowel cancer risk and to take appropriate action.