As an in-house Bowel Care Nurse at Bowel Cancer Australia, Fiona has dedicated the past eight years to the prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Described as a lifeline, Bowel Cancer Australia’s team of Bowel Care Nurses and Nutritionist adds an extra layer of support to the trusted relationship patients have with their treating medical team at a very difficult time.
In recognition of the important role our team of Bowel Care Nurses provide, the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) has chosen to feature Fiona as their Member of the Moment this June.
There is no shortage of information on bowel cancer but when it comes to credible information, that’s a different case.
Although a large majority of newly diagnosed bowel cancer cases occur in people aged 50 years and over, 1 in 11 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are under the age of 50.
Never assume you’re too young for bowel cancer. Never assume you’re alone. And never assume we don’t need your support to beat bowel cancer within our lifetime.
The needs of younger bowel cancer patients can be different, and people living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer experience unique challenges.
Often one of the most compelling ways for people to take notice and become aware of an important issue, is to see that other people just like them are affected.
That’s why we share the ‘faces of young-onset bowel cancer’ with Australia (and the world) during Never Too Young Awareness Week and challenge common misconceptions. But we can’t do that alone.
You have bowel cancer…. four words you don't expect to hear when you're young.
Yet each year more than 1,413 young Australians do.