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About Bowel Cancer Finding Support Young Survivors week 770

You have bowel cancer…. Four words you don't expect to hear when you're young. Yet each year more than 1,300 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.

Young Survivors Week - the low down

WHAT: An international week dedicated to honouring people like you who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50, and are now living with or beyond bowel cancer. Share photos and stories to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and provide support to young people diagnosed with the disease.

WHEN: 5-11 June 2017

WHY: 1 in 14 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 50, 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 - your'e a Young Survviror. But we’d love if you could get your friends, family and everyone else you know (and maybe even people you don’t) to join in too.

Young Survivors Week - what we need you to do

Snap it –Take a photo of yourself holding up one of our Young Survivors’ Week symptoms signs (which you can download for free below). Then email your picture through to us at mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in our photo collage. We’ll share your photograph on Bowel Cancer Australia’s website and social media throughout Young Survivors Week.
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 on the 5-11 June 2017.
Share it - Your story is unique and your bowel cancer experience can be a big help to others. As a young survivor, share your story on what symptoms you experienced and what advice you would give others who may be experiencing symptoms suggestive of bowel. To share your Never Too Young story, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Never Too Young” in the subject line.
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 our Young Survivors’ Week’ symptoms signs (which they can download for free here )
For maximum impact it helps if we all share our photographs together. So please do keep your photo handy and wait to post it up online sometime during 5-11 June.

The Truth: Young Survivors 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 this Young Survivors Week, share your story and advice to other young people, raise funds and encourage others to do the same!

Young Survivors Week is an initiative of the Never Too Young Coalition.

Register to become a #Never2Young Champion

Please use the below web form to register your interest for Young Survivors Week 2017.

Bowel Cancer You're Never Too Young

Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young

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.


Here are five things you can do in five minutes to spread the #Never2Young message far and wide -

1. Register to become a #Never2Young Champion and support this year's Young Survivors Week in Australia. Simply complete the web form above and we'll get in touch with further details.

2. Connect with us on Facebook @BowelCancerAustralia, Twitter @BowelCancerAust and Instagram @BowelCancerAustralia – then post, tweet, like, share, and re-tweet using the hash tags #BowelCancerAustralia #Never2Young.

3. Know the facts: Download or order Never Too Young (early-onset) brochures and factsheets. You can also read about how bowel cancer affects young people on our Never Too Young webpage,

4. Organise a get-together with friends and family during Young Survivors Week to recognise and honour people in your community who were diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50.

5. Help save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of young people living with bowel cancer by making a donation to Bowel Cancer Australia or organising a #Never2Young fundraiser (online or offline).

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