Cancer in your balls would be called testicular cancer. Your prostate is located very near your anus, and if there is a lump, one could identify by performing a self-examination on himself.
According to the Malaysian Oncology website on the statistics of Prostate Cancer in Malaysia:
“In Malaysia it is the sixth most frequent cancer and it accounts for 5.7% of cancer cases in males. Very few prostate cancers occur in men under 50 years of age. The rate increases sharply with age and is highest in the oldest age group.”
Insurance to protect yourself against cancer is also not readily available everywhere. So where do I get cancer insurance to protect myself against specifically prostate cancer in Malaysia? Luckily we’ve found Malaysia’s AXA cancer insurance plan to be extremely useful for those who worry about the perils of cancer.
If you’re wondering where to find this cancer insurance plan, please have a look at our spanking new PolicyStreet website. We’ve got life insurance and cancer insurance plans online right now available in Malaysia, for Malaysians. Please visit us here!
Short summary: After discovering symptoms, one should rely on three separate tests to find out if one has prostate cancer. A prostate specific antigen (PSA) test alone is insufficient.
The Malaysia Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI) wrote a fantastic article on how to identify if you have prostate cancer or not. We summarised the key points:
There Are No Clear Symptoms
But if you notice blood in your urine or semen, feel the urge to urinate more frequently, noticed slower than usual urine flow, found it difficult to get an erection. You should go to the doctor.
To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor should carry out THREE tests: a digital rectal examination (DRE), a PSA test, and finally a prostate biopsy.
Three Tests For Prostate Cancer
A DRE, which stands for digital rectal examination, involves the doctor feeling for any tumor in your prostate.
A PSA test, which stands for protein-specific antigen, is commonly MISUNDERSTOOD to confirm the presence of cancer. Certain proteins are produced by your prostate. The amount of these proteins can be determined by a PSA test. If your PSA level is high, this can indicate MANY things other than prostate cancer.
A prostate biopsy involves inserting an ultrasound probe into your rectum and taking samples of your prostate tissue. The samples will be examined by using a microscope to identify if the cells are cancerous. 20-30 samples are taken so that doctors don’t miss out on potentially cancerous areas in your rectum.
If PSA levels are high, please use a prostate biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Any other herbs or alternative treatments designed to lower PSA levels only is useless without a prostate biopsy. Don’t worry though, 3 out 4 people who had worryingly high PSA levels found out they didn’t have prostate cancer after a prostate biopsy.
What To Do Next If You Think You Have Prostate Cancer In Malaysia?
Please visit the Malaysian Clearinghouse for Men’s Health website, or even the Prostate Cancer Society of Malaysia for what to do next if you have any questions on prostate cancer in Malaysia. If you are looking for cancer support groups, you are able to find them on the website or just click here too.
Where To Get Cancer Insurance In Malaysia
This is for those who have not been diagnosed with cancer, in this case, prostate cancer in Malaysia.
If you feel a bit worried after reading this article, I would suggest you to have a look at AXA’s cancer care insurance. Not just because PolicyStreet currently has the insurance online, but also because AXA has generously included a health screening voucher (which costs RM699) that can be used if you agree to buy the cancer insurance policy in Malaysia.
The fact of cancer being ranked as the top critical illness claim in Malaysia, and 1 in 4 Malaysians are at risk of developing cancer motivated both PolicyStreet and AXA to close this significant protection gap with AXA 200 CancerCare.
The all rounded cancer insurance protection plan goes beyond financial protection to include emotional and mental support at prevention, during treatment and recovery stages. It pays benefits if you are diagnosed with cancer, from early stage to advanced stage.
AXA 200 CancerCare offers financial support right from diagnosis to treatment and recovery stages. The comprehensive financial support is presented in the benefits as follow:
- Therapy Care Benefit pays for cancer care
- Get Well Benefit pays additional funds for recovery process
- Living Income Benefit pays for living expenses
- Alternative Treatment Benefit pays for alternative treatment options
- Second Medical Opinion, upon the diagnosed cancer condition.
Also, through the AXA Care Benefit, you will have access to 24 hours, 7 days a week concierge service arrangement, access to support and assistance ranging from psychological consultation, dietician, hair and wig care services, transport arrangement and more.
Best part is this product is available 100% online – yes you heard it, no need to go through medical check-ups and painful needles. As long as you have a valid credit or debit card, you’d be able to complete the whole transaction within minutes at the comfort of your own home.
AXA 200 CancerCare starts from RM45 per month, or RM1.50 per day for a RM30,000 Insurance Plan. Depending on your income, you can choose a coverage amount ranging from RM30,000 to RM70,000, and are entitled to a 200% sum insured payout (RM60,000 to RM140,000) with Therapy Care Benefit and Get-Well Benefit combined.
Once you have purchased a AXA 200 CancerCare plan, you may renew this policy for the next 20 years without having to deal with any premium hike. That’s right, premium starts from RM45 per month, flat rate for the next 20 years.
Now you are well equipped to battle against any negative implications of prostate cancer in Malaysia.
Credit: Malaysia Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI), The Star Online on 9 Feb 2014