International Awareness Campaign
You have bowel cancer…. Four words you don't expect to hear when you're young.
Yet each year more than 1,413 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 : Now in its fifth year, Never Too Young Awareness Week is a dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the unique challenges faced by people who are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer - honouring people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50 and remembering those young people who have sadly passed away.
Most importantly, the goal of Never Too Young Awareness Week is to raise awareness of young-onset bowel cancer and help save lives.
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 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 - 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 - join our online campaign
There is a different Never Too Young Awareness Week theme each year, and we release a set of free downloadable resources to match - the 2019 Never Too Young Awareness Week social media signs are now availble for download here.
We understand that the needs of younger bowel cancer patients can be different. People living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer experience unique challenges, and deserve support services uniquely designed for younger bowel cancer patients and their families
Often one of the most compelling ways for people to take notice and become aware of an important issue, is to see that other people just like them are affected.
That’s why we share the ‘faces of young-onset bowel cancer’ with Australia (and the world) during Never Too Young Awareness Week and challenge common misconceptions. But we can’t do that alone!
This year's downloadable sign has a space for you to write the age of diagnosis, or the age at which your loved one was diagnosed.
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.
Share it - Your story is unique, and your bowel cancer experience can be a big help to others.
What is the biggest challenge you (your loved one) faced as someone diagnosed with bowel cancer under 50?
Knowing what you do now, having been through bowel cancer yourself or with your loved one, what would be the one piece of advice you would give to other young people?
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.
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
Young-Onset Bowel Cancer On The Rise
Know the Symptoms
It Happened To Me