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A stage 4 diagnosis at 29: Are more young people getting cancer?

Aimee-Rose Yates never expected to hear that she had metastatic bowel cancer at just 29.

The Auckland woman had spells of diarrhoea prior to her diagnosis in July 2022, but said she didn’t have any other obvious signs pointing to cancer. Instead, her disease was discovered almost by chance.

A family member had been diagnosed with a medical condition associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, so it was recommended Yates undergo a colonoscopy.

When they found a “suspicious area”, Yates said she just knew it was cancer.

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