There are so many things I love about writing, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the storytelling aspect. I mean, where else do I have the opportunity to share my disastrous experience with road cycling or my strange encounter with a Craigslist scammer? Writing gives me a fun outlet to share my own life experiences with others. Not only that, but allows me to convey those experiences in a meaningful way.
We at Stop Colon Cancer Now believe that everyone has a story to tell. Nearly all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, whether it’s through a personal experience or watching someone we love fight their own battle, and we all have our unique take on it. Some of us come through cancer with tales that are inspiring, encouraging, somber, or even downright comical. Every single one of these stories is important, which is why we want to hear from you.
If you’re a young adult who has experienced colon cancer, you are part of a small but quickly growing population. Right now, one in seven colon cancer patients is under the age of 50, the recommended age for baseline colonoscopy screening. Rates of colorectal cancer among 20 to 34 year-olds have increased 51 percent since 1994, and experts predict that this rate will reach 90 percent by the year 2030.
We know that young onset colon cancer is a growing problem in the United States. What we don’t know is what is causing it. Diet, body weight, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol use are all factors that have been strongly linked to colon cancer risk. Unfortunately, these are factors that young people may not take seriously. Colon cancer is often thought of as a disease that only affects the elderly, and many young individuals don’t even consider themselves at risk for this deadly disease.
Sharing your story is just one way to fight back against young onset colon cancer. By writing down your personal experience, you can raise awareness among young adults about the risks and warning signs of this disease. Perhaps your story will inspire someone to make healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to reduce their overall risk. Maybe your experience will alert someone to finally schedule an appointment to investigate worrisome symptoms or warning signs they’ve been ignoring. Your words could even uplift someone who is fighting colon cancer right now and desperately needs a ray of hope.
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable types of cancer, which is why awareness is such a crucial part of this fight. Please consider taking personal experience and turn it into a powerful tool that can motivate and encourage thousands. Visit our testimonials page to submit your story, and while you’re there, take some time to browse through stories of others who have fought this brave battle. Together we can create a future without colon cancer, one story at a time.