According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (2007 – 2011), colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women in Malaysia, it represents 13,693 out of a total 103,507 cancer patients. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO has reported 10% of cancer death was caused by colorectal cancer in 2018. Colorectal cancer is also known as colon cancer, bowel cancer or rectal cancer. It is cancer that affects the colon and the rectum. A colon tumour may be benign or malignant. A malignant tumour can grow out of control and spread to other parts of the body.
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 become colon 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 exam used to detect changes or abnormalities happened in the large intestine both colon and rectum. 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 inside of the whole colon. Any polyps found during the screening can be removed during the procedure, and often times tissue samples or biopsies are taken instead. A colonoscopy is painless, but certain patients are given a mild sedative to cool them down. Before the actual screening, the patients may be given laxative fluid to clean out the colon. Complications are, bleeding and perforation of the colon might occur.
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.
To raise the awareness of colorectal cancer and to encourage early detection and treatment, Beacon Hospital is offering colon screening services at RM 1,500. This special offer is part of Beacon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
Call us today at 016-628 2202 / 018-378 1513 for more information and appointment. (Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM)
Terms and Conditions
- Promotion period from 1 September 2019 to 31 December 2019.
- Package includes consultant’s procedure fee, colonoscopy procedure, medical record & pre bowl 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 RM1000 and above).
- The above packages are for diagnostic purposes and does not include prescriptive treatment such as drugs, lab test, and other ancillary charges.
- All customers must consult the specialist at Beacon Hospital Health Screening Centre before the colonoscopy procedure.
- Beacon Hospital reserves all rights to amend the terms & conditions without prior notice.