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 diarrhea, 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-fiber diet, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, obesity, family history of colorectal cancer, radiation therapy for cancer, having ulcerative colitis and 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 conjunction with Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Beacon Hospital is offering colon screening services at a special rate of RM1,500.
Call us today at 018-223 3365 / 03-77872999 for more information and appointment. (Office hour: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM)
Terms and Conditions
- Promotion period from 12th May 2020 to 31st December 2020.
- Package includes consultant’s procedure fee, colonoscopy procedure, medical record & pre bowel preparation pack.
- 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).
- The above packages are for screening purposes and does not include prescriptive treatment such as drugs, lab test, and other ancillary charges.
- The promotion does not include other additional test / medication/procedure and follow-up visit/consultation charges.
- This promotion is valid for self- pay customers only.
- The voucher is not valid with other promotional packages, offers & discount.
- All customers must consult the Medical Officer at Beacon Hospital Health Screening Centre before the colonoscopy procedure.
- Beacon Hospital reserves all rights to amend the terms & conditions without prior notice.