Rates of bowel cancer in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15-24 years have soared by 266% over the past three decades, according to Bowel Cancer Australia.

A medical researcher says self-advocacy is paramount with a new study revealing a perceived ‘age bias’ as a major barrier to diagnosis.

The recent research highlights that younger people may spend between three months and five years seeing multiple doctors before they receive a diagnosis, with many suggesting they are overlooked for bowel cancer because of their age.

This month is Bowel Cancer Awareness month – The Wire spoke with chief Investigator of the study, Dr Klay Lamprell to find out more.

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Featured In Story: Dr Klay Lamprell – chief Investigator of the study – Research Fellow Australian Institute of Health Innovation, at Macquarie University., and

First aired on The Wire, Thursday, June 22 2023