We are young and brave
Never too young
Cancer doesn’t care how old you are. But we do. Colorectal cancer is affecting young people and we’re committed to learning more and providing support for those currently in their fight.
Together, we are defying and redefining the odds. We are changing the face of this disease. We refuse to let cancer tell us who we are. #nevertooyoung
Young-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise
10% of new colorectal cancer patients are under 50
Young-onset patients are often misdiagnosed
Don't ignore the symptoms
And don’t be afraid to be brave and speak up.
Colorectal cancer + family history
About 10% of the population has a first degree relative with colorectal cancer.
Chemo when you're young
There are some unique challenges those diagnosed under 50 may experience.
2018 Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Survey Report
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death, claiming the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. This disease affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and while the average age of diagnosis is 68-72 years old, incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise.
Thanks to nursing school, I was able to recognize the symptoms. I insisted my GI doctor perform a colonoscopy. I believe it was the early detection and treatment that stopped the stage 1 from becoming a much bigger problem. Don’t be afraid to get screened!
Young & brave at age 26