In one turbulent year Sarah Lambourne was diagnosed with bowel cancer, had IVF treatment, five weeks of radiation, major surgery to remove cancerous tumours from her bowel, a hysterectomy and six months of chemotherapy.

The 41-year-old is acutely aware she dodged a bullet, surviving a deadly cancer on the increase for under 50s.

Lambourne is joining nine “young” Kiwis in the Never Too Young campaign, which aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer among younger people.

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