International Awareness Campaign
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
- A persistent change in bowel habit
- Blood in the bowel movement or rectal bleeding
- Unexplained tiredness, weakness or weight loss
- Abdominal pain, especially if severe
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
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).