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A young Ballarat family is pleading for help, after 33-year-old dad Matthew Aitken found out he has stage three bowel cancer.

The apprentice painter started a new job 4 months ago, meaning he is eligible for just a week of leave. He must also support a partner and three children.

The youngest is 2 years old.

At 187cm, Matt has dropped from 96kg to 70kg in less than a month and his dramatic, unexplained weight loss triggered a visit to the doctor.   He is now due to have major surgery.

We caught up with Matt this morning, who says bowel cancer can creep up on people of any age ... 

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Read more of the family's story here ... 

https://www.facebook.com/donate/703581246808308/2380908152171667/

Go Fund Me page for Matthew

https://www.gofundme.com/f/33-year-old-father-of-3-battling-bowl-cancer

And here's a brief rundown on how bowel cancer can strike ...