March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (E-Newsletter)

 

 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Worldwide, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cause of death (from cancer), with 1.4 million new cases and 700,000 deaths annually. In Malaysia, it is the second most common cancer in men and the third most common cancer in women. (Reference: Globocan 2012)

11 Signs of Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer

Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is cancer in any part of the large bowel (colon or rectum). In its early stages, bowel cancer often has no symptoms. The earlier colon cancer can be detected, the more likely it can be successfully treated.

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Fortunately, you can prevent colorectal cancer through regular screenings, a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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Survivor’s stories

Choo Mei Sze went for a colonoscopy on her father’s insistence after she had a three-week long bout of diarrhoea. This led to the discovery of a tumour in her rectum.

Ten days later, she went for surgery and had most of her rectum and 12 centimetres of her colon removed. She also did another surgery to rejoin her rectum to her colon and didn’t undergo chemotherapy but  only takes medicine for acid reflux.

“I definitely encourage people to go for early detection as it is very important because it saves lives and it saved mine,” she says.

When she first found out about her cancer, Choo Mei Sze wasn’t ready to share her rectal cancer diagnosis with anyone at first: “I was a typical Asian, I didn’t want anyone to know, I didn’t want them to judge me or to pity me,” she says.

She was only 27 when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 rectal cancer, a type of cancer that is considered rare among young people.

But her desire to share the importance of prevention and early detection soon outweighed her hesitance.

Today, she is a strong advocate of cancer awareness and is open as she can be about her journey. She is also the Youth Ambassador of our Young Cancer Survivor’s Group.

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Mariana Zaine, another colorectal cancer survivor, was diagnosed in 2011 with Stage 3 colon cancer when she was 49.

Mariana, who is now in remission, underwent surgery to remove 22 centimetres of her colon and did 12 sessions of chemotherapy.

“The thought of cancer made me very fearful. There were a lot of things I had not done in my life especially for my children. So fear really choked me”, says Mariana Zaine.

Mariana hasn’t given in to her fear. Today, she lives her life to the fullest, volunteers with PINK UNITY, our Women Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, and regularly talks about her experiences to encourage and motivate others.

“Listen to your body,” urged Mariana.

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Let’s talk

April 7 was World Health Day, and the theme for 2017 is Depression: Let’s Talk.

Going through cancer may be a lonely and isolating experience. Some are overwhelmed by the vast information given by people around them, while others find it difficult to open up.

If you feel any of the above emotions, we have a safe space for you. A year after launching out toll-free cancer helpline, we have received nearly 400 enquiries, and found that many callers, even if calling for practical advice, simply need someone to talk to.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone in your fight against cancer, and that depression is real. If you have nowhere to turn, or just feeling blue, call us for free at 1800-08-1000 or email help@cancer.org.my. Let’s talk.

Download our mobile app ‘Stronger Than Cancer’ and:

  • ask our nurse
  • get information about cancer
  • join our community forum
  • share your cancer stories

Upcoming events

Come join us in the walk against cancer, support cancer patients and celebrate survivors all night long. Form a team and join Relay for Life Melaka 2017 on April 22. Call 06 292 1231 or visit the facebook page for more information.

 

Upcoming events

This April 22, let’s come together to honour the talented actress, producer and former Miss Malaysia / World 1991, Samantha Schubert, who passed away last year from cancer.

For more information, sms or whatsapp 010 279 2862, or visit Play It Again Sam.