With Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March) now underway, experts at one of the region’s leading medical facilities is urging at risk groups to consider undergoing screening for the disease.

Expert in colorectal conditions Professor Dr. Hassan Siegfried Abou-Rebyeh, who is both a Gastroenterology consultant and Head of Department at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, with over 25 years’ experience across the world including the USA, UK and Africa, is helping to raise awareness and prevent needless deaths from colorectal cancer.

 “Colorectal cancer is most common in those aged 50 or over and affects all different ethnic and racial groups.  But there is a lack of awareness about how common and how fatal it can be – in fact it’s the second leading cause of death from cancer, after breast cancer, and the second most common male cancer in the UAE”, commented Dr. Hassan Siegfried Abou-Rebyeh.

In fact, amongst females in the UAE, colorectal is the third most common cancer.  Symptoms include change of bowel habits, anal bleeding and anaemia-like symptoms including palpitations and tiredness.

But due to some of these symptoms, amongst both genders, embarrassment and a lack of education about the disease often discourage people from seeking early medical help.

Now, Dr. Hassan and his team of experts from Burjeel Hospital are joining others from around the world during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and take action towards prevention.

This includes encouraging at risk groups to exercise regularly, as this is shown to reduce the risk.  They are also urging general care doctors and nurses to talk to patients aged 50+ about the importance of screening.

Burjeel Hospital’s team, of which Dr. Hassan is a key consultant, have developed an advanced recovery programme for the minimally invasive surgery they have undertaken on colorectal cancer patients that saw one man walking two days after the procedure.

“If everyone aged 50 and over was screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths could be prevented”, he concluded.


About Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi:

Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s premier private healthcare facility providing world-class, specialized and superior healthcare complemented by a warm and personalized human touch to the growing population of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

A unit of the VPS Healthcare, Burjeel Hospital opened for patients in April 2012 as a Tertiary hospital under the auspices of the Health Authority for Abu Dhabi.  At the core of the organization is a team of exceptionally skilled and highly experienced health professionals, collaborating as multidisciplinary teams with Guests and their families as the main focus, to provide the best healthcare experience. 

Burjeel Hospital received the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in June 2013 – 15 months after starting operations.  Currently, the hospital is affiliated with some of the world’s best healthcare institutions for its centers of excellence and is now becoming a renowned center of referral for Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine and many more specialties handling complex laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries.

The hospital has full-fledged pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology units to serve Guests at any time of the day. Burjeel also houses a restaurant and a coffee shop, serving the finest and healthiest cuisines from across the world. Combining all-round specialization and expertise with most advanced technology, Burjeel offers the best in diagnostic, curative, as well as preventive aspects of healthcare.


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