International Awareness Campaign
You have bowel cancer…. Four words you don't expect to hear when you're young.
Yet each year more than 2,280 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.
Your story is unique – just like you. So why not tell the world?
This is your chance to shout it loud and change someone’s life.
Never Too Young Awareness Week - the low down
WHAT : A dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month honouring people like you who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 55 and are now living with or beyond the disease. Sharing photos and stories to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and provide support to young people diagnosed with bowel cancer.
WHEN: Held annually in June each year. (3-9 June 2019)
WHY: 1 in 7 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 55, and that number is growing. We’re not okay with that. You’re not either. Let’s shout it out and shake things up.
WHO: YOU! If you are living with or beyond bowel cancer - we’d love you to join our community of #Never2Young Champions, and to encourage your friends, family and everyone else you know (and maybe even people you don’t) to support Never Too Young Awareness Week too.
Never Too Young Awareness Week - what we need you to do
We have a different theme each year, and we release a set of free downloadable resources to match.
Many young-onset patients present with advanced bowel cancer, which is usually due to delayed diagnosis.
Regardless of age, everyone needs to be aware of the bowel cancer symptoms and has the need for a prompt diagnosis.
This year's downloadable sign has a space for you to write the age of diagnosis and how long it took to receive that diagnosis in marker pen.
Post it – Keep a copy of your photograph 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 3-9 June 2019.
Love it - Loved ones are encouraged to get involved and share photos too. We’d love to share photos of friends and family holding up one of our #Never2Young signs (to be released in May 2019).
The Truth: Never Too Young Awareness Week is about you
Your passion and determination help bring young onset bowel cancer to the forefront of the conversation. You have the ability to carry this message to the masses and get people talking.
So please get on board for this dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, share your story and advice to other young people, raise funds and encourage others to do the same!
The Never Too Young initiative and awareness week was first launched by the Never Too Young Coalition.
The Never Too Young Coalition was 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 brought together likeminded organisations from the United States of America, United Kingdom and Bowel Cancer Australia - with an aim to help address the rise in bowel cancer diagnoses and mortality rates in younger people.
The global collaboration had 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 developed such projects as Young Survivors Week, International awareness campaigns, a webinar series and various research studies.
Bowel Cancer Australia is proud to continue Young Survivors Week through our Never Too Young Awareness Week and to champion the Never Too Young cause in Australia.
How we've celebrated Never Too Young Awareness Week
It Happened To Me
Know the Symptoms