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Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.

On June 16, we hosted “My Story: Colon Cancer Before 50” as part of the Never Too Young Coalition’s Young Survivors Week. We heard from four young survivors and Dr. Christopher Lieu, who informed us about this rising trend, including signs, symptoms and the importance of family history.

If you couldn’t make the webinar, you’re in luck! Here are the top 5 takeaways, along with the replay: 

  1. Five percent of all colorectal cancer incidences occur in people under 50 and this number is expected to double in the next 10 years!
  2. In many instances, the quality of life is worse for younger patients, especially with issues such as fatigue, shortness of breath, insomnia, post-traumatic stress and financial difficulties.
  3. Four survivors shared their unique stories and the different factors that led to their diagnoses, including Lynch Syndrome and Crohn's disease, which are both risk factors for colon cancer. While a percentage of young onset cases are due to genetics and a family history, many more are diagnosed with no known genetic link.
  4. Education and awareness about young onset colon cancer is key to early diagnosis and improving survival rates.
  5. You’re the best advocate for your body! If you’re told you are “too young” for colon cancer or are refused colon cancer screening, don’t be afraid to challenge it and get another opinion.

Stay tuned for highlights from this year’s Young Survivors Week!

Be sure to download the slides on our website. Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.

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