We are seeing an ever increasing number of young people effected with bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is increasing in those under 50, and needs to be considered in any person with a family history or with symptoms.
Current recommendations suggest screening from age 50, but it is important to remember that those under 50 can also develop bowel cancer.
For those under 50, discuss with your doctor if you have a family history of bowel cancer (particularly two members of your immediate family, any family member diagnosed at an age <50, or a family member with two types of cancers), or if you have any symptoms. The symptoms include bleeding from the back passage, a change in bowel habit, persistent abdominal pain or weight loss. Investigating symptoms is simple and effective, and may just save your life. Please don’t ignore any warning signs!