Colorectal cancer is a major public health concern – Dr Meheshinder Singh

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 | Petaling Jaya, Malaysia | 17 July 2017 | Asia Samachar |
AWARENESS: Dr Meheshinder Singh at the ‘Wear It Blue’ forum in Petaling Jaya recently – PHOTO / CORUM Facebook

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.

Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons president Dr Meheshinder Singh 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), reports Free Malaysia Today.

“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,” he told the “Wear It Blue Forum” event hosted by PHKL in Petaling Jaya.

Meheshinder is also the founder and past president of the Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Society Malaysia (Corum).

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 report added.

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.

Dr Meheshinder Singh

 

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  1. My thanks to Dr Meheshinder Singh ji for making aware but which he says is
    ‘highly preventable and curable’ but subject to its being ‘detected in its early stages’. He further stated that colorectal cancer accounted for 14.2% of male cancer cases and 10.1% of female cancer cases in Malaysia.

    However It would have been helpful if he had also provided some ’causes’ to make it totally preventable.
    Could the cause be the urban life styles [lack of exercise] or food/drinks [junk or fast food/liquor/other drinks consumption and how would the 14.2% be divided among Malays-Chinese-Indians.

    Similar advise is continuously provided by experts worldwide with each expert giving his/her advise on the disease in which they may have high qualifications as accessible on the various websites on the internet.
    In the developed countries be they in the west or east and involved in traditional or pharmaceutical medicines, all are suspected to recommend which benefit their ‘sponsors’. The result is that the medical professions provide the best remuneration [as the medical profession like many others, is now perceived as a ‘business’ and pharmaceutical related industries among the most profitable and both being among those most susceptible to ‘FRAUD-CORRUPTION-BRIBERY-KICKBACK-COLLUSION’ Risks as is evidenced by the many surveys conducted by international professional organizations.
    THIS HAS GIVEN RISE TO THE NEW SAYING which is IF THE DISEASE DOES NOT KILL THE PATIENT THEN THE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND MEDICINES COST WILL KILL.
    The high medical treatment costs are evident from the rising charges of the medical providers and profits being made by private hospitals resulting in their expansion worldwide.
    Though regulated by their respective Regulatory Boards and laws of the country, the costs keep on rising and this can be evidenced by the USA debate on Medical insurance regulations.

    The fact that the General/Specialists Government/Private Hospitals and Doctors are mostly in urban areas may give rise to the possibility that most diseases may be the result of URBAN LIFESTYLES.
    Thus the more a person is rich and educated the more that person is responsible for own medical problems.

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