In Malaysia, colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among men and the second most common among women at a prevalence of 13.2 % as reported by the Malaysian National Cancer Registry. It affects the colon and rectum primarily, causing bleeding, obstruction or perforation. It also will spread to the other parts of the body causing organ damage.
Colorectal cancer usually affects older adults though it can happen to anyone at any age. It usually starts as small, non-cancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that shaped on the inside of the colon. Eventually, these polyps can progress to cancers.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
- A persistent change in bowel habits, including diarrhoea, constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool
- A persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
- A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty fully
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
Some of the factors that might increase the risk of colorectal cancer include:
- Older age
- Low-fibre diet
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of colorectal cancer
- Radiation therapy for cancer
- Having ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel disease
Colonoscopy screening is an examination used to detect changes or abnormalities that happened in the large intestine. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is placed into the rectum. A small video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the lumen of colon. Any polyps found during the screening can be removed during the procedure, and often tissue samples or biopsies are taken instead. A colonoscopy is painless, but certain patients will be given a mild sedative to cool them down. Before the actual screening, the patients may be given laxative fluid to clean out the colon. The complications include bleeding and perforation, but it is very low, with the risk of 1% or less only.
While there are available treatments for colon cancer, it is advisable to go for a colon screening to catch early signs of cancer. A colonoscopy helps to identify polyps before they become cancerous, as well as detecting colon cancer during its early stage while the chance to cure is high. It is not clear why colon cancer develops in certain people but not others.
In collaboration with Vitagen & Beacon Mart, Beacon Hospital is offering colon screening services at a special rate of RM1,500 & Free Stool Test Kit to raise the awareness of getting screened for early detection of Colorectal Cancer.
A Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is often referred to as a Stool Test Kit and it is mainly used to search for hidden blood in the stool, which suggests bleeding in the digestive tract. It is possible to use this lab test system to detect early symptoms of colorectal cancer.
Steps to use the stool test kit:
- Unscrew the cap and remove the applicator stick.
- Dip the applicator stick into the stool sample at 3 different areas.
- Place it back into the tube.
- Unscrew the cap. Add 3 drops onto the test strip.
- Wait for 5 minutes. Read and interpret the result. (Do not exceed 10 minutes)
- If its positive consult a doctor. If its negative then you’re healthy. If it states as invalid then try again with a new stool test kit.
- Do not discard the liquid in the bottle.
- Do not add water into the bottle.
- The collected stool sample must be free from urine.
- Snap the photo of the test strip result as it fades in 2-4 minutes.
- Present your photo to your doctor for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Terms and Conditions
1. This CSR programme is valid from 1st March 2021 to 31st December 2021.
2. Free Stool Test Kit: This CSR programme is limited to the first 300 customers only.
Digital Colonoscopy: This CSR programme is limited to the first 500 customers only.
3. Free Stool Test Kit: This CSR programme is based on first-come, first-serve basis and subject to availability.
4. Free Stool Test Kit: This CSR programme includes a complimentary Stool Test Kit and first time Health Screening Medical Officer’s consultation.
Digital Colonoscopy: This CSR programme includes a complimentary first time Health Screening Medical Officer’s consultation, surgeon’s fee, colonoscopy procedure, medical record & pre bowel preparation pack.
5. Free Stool Test Kit: This CSR programme excludes registration fee, subsequent consultation and other additional tests/ medications/ procedures.
Digital Colonoscopy: This CSR programme excludes subsequent post-surgery consultation, post-surgery care and other additional tests/ medications/ procedures.
6. Digital Colonoscopy: In the event of any abnormality such as ulcer or polyp(s), there will be additional charges incurred for doctor’s procedure fees, polypectomy & histopathology (Estimated charges from RM1,500 to RM3,000).
7. Digital Colonoscopy: Customers are required to undergo a Covid-19 test prior to the procedure.
8. This CSR programme is valid for self-pay customers only.
9. Customers are required to make prior appointment for the consultation.
10. Beacon Hospital reserves all rights to amend these terms & conditions without prior notice.