Younger people with bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s but it can affect people of all ages. More than 2,600 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year and the number is increasing.
Despite this, awareness that this is a disease that younger people can be diagnosed with is low amongst the general public and healthcare professionals.
Our Never Too Young campaign was launched in 2013 after we increasingly heard from younger bowel cancer patients that they were being diagnosed late, having been told they were too young to have the disease. They also told us of their frustration about the lack of support they received when dealing with the effects of bowel cancer and its treatment. The campaign is leading the change for younger bowel cancer patients and we have a range of information and support for under 50s.