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‘Screen for polyps to detect colorectal cancer early’

 | July 17, 2017

Doctors say too much energy and expense devoted to the cure and treatment instead of screening for it.


PETALING JAYA: Early detection and removal of polyps, or abnormal tissue, can prevent removal of entire organs affected by cancer, reminded a specialist in colon and rectal surgery.

Dr Meheshinder Singh, president of the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons, said it was unfortunate that most cases of colorectal cancer were seen by doctors at the later stages of the disease.

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health concern,” said the consultant general and colorectal surgeon at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur (PHKL).

“Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and curable if detected in its early stages.

“It is troubling that so much energy and expense are devoted to the cure and treatment of colorectal cancer.

“So little time and money are spent on screening for polyps and early cancer.”

Meheshinder, who is also founder and past president of the Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Society Malaysia (Corum), said this at the “Wear It Blue Forum” hosted by PHKL here.

According to the second annual report of the National Cancer Registry, colorectal cancer accounted for 14.2% of male cancer cases and 10.1% of female cancer cases in Malaysia.

It is also the third commonest cause of cancer-related mortality in Malaysia.

The health ministry’s research has pointed to colorectal cancer being the most common cancer among Malaysian men, and the second most common cancer among Malaysian women after breast cancer.

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