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.