Singapore Medical Center (SGMC) has organised a special health talk in conjunction with the National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, featuring a Singaporean specialist Dr Jonathan Foo last Saturday.
Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is any cancer that affects the colon and the rectum. Medical News Today said symptoms include changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss and a feeling of fullness.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organisation, colon cancer was among the top five leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Cambodia in 2018.
However, colon cancer is highly treatable if detected early and most deaths from the disease may be prevented by screening for colon polyps.
Dr Foo, who is a renowned general and colorectal surgeon, stressed on the importance of gut health, especially for those above the age of 45. He also advised attendees on ways to prevent colon cancer and the need to do regular screening.
“It is important to understand the various test options and treatments available that will be able to detect colon cancer, hence being the most effective means of prevention, diagnosis and thereafter, for patients to seek treatment,” he said.
The talk, which took place at the hospital on Saturday, was also a part of SGMC’s educational initiatives. In fact, SGMC was the first medical center in Phnom Penh to integrate holistic wellness as a core aspect of its medical services to the community.
SGMC, in a statement, said it intends to offer medical services to Cambodians, expatriates working in the country, as well as those from neighbouring countries seeking state-of-the-art health facilities.
Run and managed under DrMap management, SGMC utilises Singapore healthcare standards and specialists. All treatments and services are also backed by medically-certified processes and protocols.
The medical center will be implementing a range of services covering general practice, chronic disease management, diagnostic imaging and screening, IV hydration therapy, aesthetics and day surgeries.
Diagnostic services using the latest machinery will include x-rays, mammograms, CT scans, bone densitometry and ultrasounds, while holistic wellness treatments will feature specialties such as the volcanic sand bath therapy, negative ion and far infrared therapy and IV hydration therapy.