What is the purpose of this screening ?Prevention is better than cure - still a golden piece of advice.in a lot of cases, early stages of disease especially cancer, does not cause symptoms. It is only when the disease has progressed and the cancer has grown to a significant size that the patient starts to develop symptoms - hence the reason for their visit to their doctors.However, unfortunately, some present late to their doctors, rendering treatment ineffective by then.As it stands right now, head and neck cancer as a group is the 2nd commonest cancer in Malaysia (after breast cancer) and nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC)ie. cancer in the back portion of the nose is the commonest head and neck cancer (based on latest Malaysian Cancer Registry in 2006).Generally, the earlier the disease like cancer is discovered, the earlier the treatment can be started, hence resulting in better cure rate or better outcome. Therefore, a more proactive approach now is to start searching i.e SCREENING before the disease is too advanced to treat. SImply put, A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH is indeed reassuring and does wonders for the soul !So who is this screening package recommended for ?It is generally recommended for HEALTHY individuals (or rather individuals who think they are healthy) :•with known family history of head and neck cancer•who has high-risk factors for cancer eg excessive smoking and drinking alcohol•who are very concerned about their health or those who place top priority on their health status•above 40 years old What tests are included?Basic tests include:•screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)•video otoscopy (examination of the ear) - to screen for common ear problems eg. infection of the outer ear, middle ear effusion, hole/perforation in the eardrum, among others.•video examination (white-light endoscopy) of the upper airway and throat from the nose to the voice box using the flexible ENT scope-more comfortable scope as compared to the conventional rigid endoscope for examination-allows exclusion of diagnosis of conditions like bent/deviated nasal septum(the middle partition of the nose), polyps, other growths/tumours including NPC, sinusitis, enlarged turbinates and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)disease, among others.•Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) flexible endoscopy for the purpose mentioned above is also available for better sensitivity of cancer detection (slight additional charges apply)•Neck and oral cavity examination in the clinic for any abnormal swelling eg. suspicious oral ulcer and swellings, neck nodes enlargement,thyroid swelling, among others.After that, you will be counselled/advised on further diagnostic and treatment plans where appropriate.The need for more optional additional tests would depend on the endoscopy findings and clinical examination. These tests include hearing loss screening and biopsy of any suspicious growths, if present. Radiological imaging eg Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan, or referrals to other medical disciplines are also available under the same roof for your convenience.This ENT Screening Package can be a comprehensive yet quick and economical stand-alone package at an attractive price of RM280 or as an additional tag-on to the Executive Screening Packages at a discounted rate of RM260. For the full details of the screening packages, download the details below.How do I arrange for the test?
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DR. VINCENT TANConsultant Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon,MD (UKM), MS ORL-HNS (UKM), DOHNS RCS Edinburgh (UK), MRCS Edinburgh (UK), Postgrad. Cert.in Allergy (UK), A.M. (Mal), Fellowship in Rhinology (Singapore)Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology & Surgery (Amsterdam)