Figure 2: Cancer Incidence in Malaysia from 2007-2016 Source – CodeBlue
According to NCR 2012-2016 report, 60% – 65% of cancers diagnosed at a late stage.
Colorectal cancer is one of the cancers which can be detected early through screening.
When colorectal cancer is found early, it can often be cured. Most colorectal cancers begin as non-cancerous growths or polyps. Over time, polyps can become colon cancer.
Currently, the American Cancer Society encourages men and women over age 45 to have screening tests such as a colonoscopy.
It is because more and more young colorectal cancer patients are detected.
Colonic polyps can be identified and removed during colonoscopy (polypectomy), preventing polyps from becoming colon cancer.
Colon cancer is a treatable form of cancer. The earlier it is found, the more likely it is that cancer can be cured.
Who’s at Risk?
Older than age 45
Family history of cancer of colon or rectum
History of colon polyps and inflammatory bowel disease
History of cancer of ovary, endometrium, or breast
Lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption
Diet high in fat and red meat.
“Early symptoms are never early enough” – Dr. Ragu Ramasamy
However, please get yourself check if you perceive these symptoms:
Change in bowel habits, including diarrhoea or constipation or a change in consistency of stool
Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain.
A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
Weakness or fatigue.
Unexplained weight loss.
It is important to seek early medical attention as colon polyps have 10 years period of time before it develops into cancer. However, there are no significant symptoms in colon polyps.
It is best to get your colon screen when you reach the age of 45.
Faecal occult blood testing: A test to check stool (solid waste) for blood that can be seen only with a microscope.
Colonoscopy: A procedure to look inside the rectum and entire colon for polyps, abnormal areas, or cancer.
It is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening.
“Evidence is emerging that the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing in young adults”
In Avisena, we have a team that cares for colorectal cancer patients. In collaboration with Beacon Hospital, we provide a full range of therapy from surgical and non-surgical treatment such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy for all stages of colorectal cancers.
Why are we different?
Our colorectal surgeon has vast experience in keyhole/ laparoscopic surgery and able to perform complex colorectal cancer surgeries with minimal scars.
He also believes “teamwork produces a better patient outcome in cancer management”