Thyroid Nodules Explained

“I have a nodule in my thyroid gland. What should I do?” This is a question that I keep getting asked. At the end of the day what we should be asking is “Is this a benign (harmless) lump / nodule or is it thyroid cancer (bad)?” To try and answer this we need to … Read more

Diverticular Disease

What Is It? Diverticular disease is a condition where the large bowel wall develops small pouches. The bowel wall is like a muscular tube with a thin inside lining called the mucosa. The muscle in the wall contracts to squeeze and move the contents along. In diverticular disease, the muscle wall develops small holes, like … Read more

Rectal Bleeding: Should You Be Worried?

Rectal Bleeding… Beware That Which Is Concealed! Passing blood in the stools is a common problem. For some patients, the sight of blood in the toilet bowl is alarming but others simply blame it on piles and brush it off. Rectal bleeding is always significant and requires further investigation and assessment by a specialist. Why? Well, though … Read more

Polyp as seen on colonoscopy

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Polyps

What Are Polyps? Polyps are growths in the bowel. They can have a stalk, like a cauliflower, or be flat like moss. Polyps can cause bleeding or mucus in the stools, and on rare occasions it can cause bowel obstruction.  There are 2 types of polyps: malignant as well as benign polyps. However, evidence suggests that polyps … Read more

Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer: Symptoms & Treatment

What Is Colorectal Cancer? Colorectal cancer is cancer of the large bowel. In Malaysia, it is one of the top 3 most common cancers for men and women. Like all cancers, it is dangerous because it can spread to involve other organs in other parts of the body. Once the cancer has spread, it may not be … Read more

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Piles

What Are Piles? Piles or haemorrhoids are swellings around the anus caused by enlarged or engorged veins. Piles Symptoms Piles may present as a lump at the anus or the lump may come out only when passing motion. Piles may also cause bleeding, typically dripping into the toilet bowl after opening the bowels. If the piles prolapse … Read more

Abdominal wall muscles

Hernias: A Pain in the Groin

What Exactly Is A Hernia? Your abdominal cavity is surrounded by muscles which keep all the internal organs from falling out. In the back, the muscles of the spine are thick and strong but on the front the muscles are thinner. At the upper part of your abdomen, the diaphragm separates your abdomen from your chest. You’d experience … Read more