Update: In answer to reader comments, Mr Tan has this to say.
Thanks marina! I was told I was a little young to have colon cancer (I'm 38) but generally guys older than 35 have all kinds of high risk. And while I did say no one knows what causes cancer, being healthy definitely doesnt hurt and helps you cope better. So I'm trying to be more healthy now.
As for the bleeding, it was sporadic at first. I thought maybe it was just some minor scratch that would heal itself but later it got more frequent and a lot more. That's when I started reading up and concluded (incorrectly) that it was piles. Of course if I had realized that it was also a potential sign of colon cancer, I would have reacted a lot faster.
I cant remember when I first noticed the bleeding initially. possible 2-3 months? As I said, I felt perfectly fine anyway so got lazy about having it looked at. I have some friends who are doctors too but you tend to feel funny asking your friend to look at your ass even if he IS a doctor, know what I mean?
My doctor (the amazing Doctor Teo of Changi General Hospital's Clinic M) was kind enough to do a Ass Cam scope for me to check if there was more than one source of bleeding. It's not cheap but after Medisave, I paid S$200 for the scope. Small price to pay to catch a potential killer I think.
Hope it helps. anyway, checkups are inconvenient but the older you get the more important they are — so even if it seems like nothing, try not to take chances with getting stuff looked at — if anything — its really fascinating to watch the AssCam (and I don't mean some porno channel)!
- Mr Tan (with his ass intact!)
Mr Tan, my bestest bud (you may have heard his voice from time to time on the mrbrown show) went through a scary medical moment recently and sent us an email update on it. We thought it was important enough a public awareness message to share his email to us:
Hi boys and girls,
Some of you may have previously heard — my doc discovered a tumor in my colon. Well the good news is that the test results have just returned that its benign and not cancerous. So while it still needs to be removed via surgery, a cancerous tumor would have meant removing a lot more of me and giving me a bag for the rest of my life.
So I will be less in action for a while over the next few weeks but should bounce back thereafter.
For those who are medically curious, ideally they say you should do a colonoscopy every 5 years — that’s where they put a fibre optic cam literally up your ass to check out your colon (which is about 5 feet long). Sounds nasty but with the sedative they give you, I hardly felt anything more than a full bladder at the time. Some people even sleep through it but maybe what was on Colon TV was too fascinating (think the scene where the marines are exploring the colony in Aliens and you get an idea of what I was watching- minus the aliens of course — and no motion trackers).
The scope revealed I had a bunch of polyps (little lumps) which they removed during the scope. There was however one polyp which had grown significantly which caused the doc to be VERY concerned. So what I thought was at most piles was actually a tumor. Doc told me if it was nothing, they would just have surgery to remove it. If it was cancerous, it was pretty late in the game and would have spread to the immediate area. If so they would have to “remove my anus” (yes those were his words), seal it up, cut another hole and give me a tube and a bag for my doo-doo. Not nice at all.
Thankfully the test results finally came back and it’s a benign tumor.
So if you ever get any bleeding, you might want to see a doc and maybe even get a scope. I didn’t and still don’t feel anything although might have felt more sick if the tumor were much deeper in the colon. In any case, its good to get rid of the tiny polyps if any before they grow to something that causes concern (I’d never seen my doctor this serious when he first broke the news of the discovery). I’m told colon cancer is the #3 killer in developed countries and a regular (5 year) scope helps to keep it away. As with many other types of cancer, no one really knows what causes it.
I can tell you that the idea of cancer is pretty horrible and the idea of a cancer in your ass just feels like such a dumb problem.
In any case, now you know a little more about polyps and your friend, the colon so if you spot trouble, don’t delay, find a nice pretty doctor to show your ass to and get it checked out.
Before you know it, it arrives. I quietly made the plans, picking up the flowers (which I had to lug all the way from the shop because the wife was on leave from the office, so I could not get them delivered), and booking the restaurant.
I decided to try Megumi's at Siglap, since she likes Japanese food. Mom saw me in a shirt in the morning and said, "Where are you going ah? Wear so nice."
"Meeting lah," I mumbled, and added, "And taking her out for dinner lor, today is our anniversary, the tenth one."
Later I find out the wife had forgotten and only remembered when mom told her she saw me in a shirt. I knew she forgot, because she looked oblivious in the morning. I smiled a sneaky smile. I knew she had forgotten, because she looked oblivious in the morning. In fact we even had a small argument over some financial decision in mid-afternoon. But that's how it is, when you have been together so long (we were dating almost as long as we've been married), you get comfortable or caught up with kids and home and work, and forget these things. And it's all okay, because it does not mean your relationship is any weaker.
I went to 77 East Coast Road, at first, but it was 77 UPPER East Coast Road. We found the restaurant after walking around and getting lost (the lady on the phone didn't give very clear instructions). I had to call Tym for help (she was also the one who recommended the place).
By the time we sat down, it was 8.30pm and gosh, we were hungry. On the server's recommendation, we ordered Saikoro steak cubes, the Kami Nabe (tofu soup), a plate of sashimi, the grilled lobster with roe, and some ebi tempura. All of it good!
Our sashimi consisted of sea urchin, Maguro (Tuna), Hirame (Seasonal Flounder), Shake (Salmon), Hamachi (Yellowtail), Hotategai (Scallop) and Mekajiki (Swordfish). Very very good and fresh stuff. I was told the fish is airflown. The flounder usually costs $30 an order, so its addition to the sashimi plate was well worth it.
We finished dinner at Gelato's with some ice cream and waffles. It was a quiet night out, just talking about her day with the kids and stuff. By the time we got home, the kids were all asleep.
And so our tenth year ended thus — two of us falling asleep on the couch in the living room, watching some boring movie about dragons played on the Tvix player.
Still recovering from our crazy 300 post-premiere recording (which lasted till 4am, Tuesday morning), the gang review Music and Lyrics, Blood Diamond and Curse of the Golden Flower (DVD) at seewhatshow.com. You want to know see what show, we tell you see what show!
Mr Brown seems to bring up a interesting issue. That of special needs children. I agree that certainly the govt should to a certain extent help out the citizens in this regard. However, parents themselves must surely take personal charge instead of devolving everything to the govt. Surely, if parens had undertaken pre-birth screening for birth defects, the number of special needs cases would be lesser. Thus, allowing the same amount of fiscal budget to aid the families better. Therefore, if one had failed to undertaken the necessary screening, it seems unfair that one still demands aid for his own failings. Of course, this does not apply to defects which is not screenable. Perhaps someone can comment on what are your thoughts on this?
He also followed up with this comment:
It is not my intention to state that all birth defects must be aborted, to be enforced by the govt. If you misunderstood me, I regret that. That would indeed be barbaric and against human rights.
What I am prposing is that all parents go for pre-natal screening. This will simply grant them more information. Surely, this cannot be evil? Even if they wish to keep the child, they would be more prepared and take the necessary classes in how to take care of them? I am confident that nobody disagrees with this portion of my proposal. That parents be informed.
However, should they confirm a major birth defect, then they should be encouraged to abort it. By no means am i suggesting that gays, and other social ill be aborted, as suggested by Desmond Lim. In fact, I do not find gays to be a "undesireable" at all.
However, if the parents should decide to have the birth defect child, as defined by medicalcal consenus, then they must take on the charge of raising it by themselves with no special treatment. Society should not have to shoulder the burden of their personal choice.
To Jeannette, I am not suggesting it is the fetus's fault. It hasn't even been born yet. How can it be at fault?
So let me see if I get "John Smith" right.
Parents should pre-screen their children (actually it already happens but it does not reveal all problems) so that they can spot defects and be encouraged to abort the "defective" child. And if they decide to keep the "defective" child, they must raise the kids themselves and not be burden the government or society with their own problems, because as we ALL know, children with special needs a.k.a. "defective", have no value to society and it's the parents' fault if they knowingly bring a "defective" lifeform into society. It is their "own failings" for not pre-screening and aborting.
Parents who UNKNOWINGLY brought a "defective" child into the world, or have children with conditions that cannot be spotted in pre-screening, are allowed to ask society to help bring the child up.