Keeping Your Colon Healthy

In 2018, Colon cancer ranks 3rd as the deadliest cancer in the Philippines according to the WHO survey. Colon cancer begins in the large intestine (colon) and generally affects older adults. At age 50, colorectal screening is a must and the key to preventing colorectal cancer.

However, the incidence of colon cancer among adults under the age of 50 has actually increased. It is time to visit your gastroenterologist if you’re younger than 50  and have the following symptoms:

  • Symptoms such as pain, blood or other irregularities
  • Family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Personal history of cancer
  • If you have ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease

Colon cancer usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. Over time some of these polyps can develop into colon cancers. There are certain risk factors that cause the progression of pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. But with healthy habits, one can keep their colon healthy and cancer-free.

Healthy Diet

Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain fiber. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, while fiber promotes regular bowel movements. Skip the red meats and processed foods as they are high in saturated fat and have been linked to colon cancer. Include lean proteins such as beans, poultry, and fish instead. 

Quit Smoking & Alcohol

Alcohol and cigarettes are familiar with risk factors for colon cancer. Drinking increases the workload on the liver, which causes more toxins to pass through the colon. While cigarette smoking is also linked to other cancers other than lung cancer, including colon cancer. 


Studies show that physically active people have a 24% lower risk of colon cancer than those who are not. 

Regular Colonoscopy

Doctors highly recommend regular screening tests such as a Colonoscopy in preventing colon cancer. Through a Colonoscopy, doctors are able to identify and safely remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Having a regular colonoscopy examination is the best way to ensure your colon is healthy. 

Here at UCMed, we are offering a premium promo on outpatient DIAGNOSTIC COLONOSCOPY. Patients will just present their Philhealth to avail of the promo from March 1-31, 2020. The Colonoscopy Promo is inclusive of:

  • Doctor’s PF
  • Supplies
  • and NO ADDITIONAL Payments for PhilHealth Members & dependents

Book a colonoscopy with our Endoscopy Unit today and call 888.2145.


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UCMed Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

UCMed eHealth for Maternity Package Deal Program

Last updated:  March 24, 2020

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before using the application UCMed Chat Box (the "Service") operated by  University of Cebu Medical Center ("us", "we", or "our").

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

To better serve the needs of people in the community, health care services are now available by the electronic transmission of information. This may assist in the evaluation, diagnosis, management and treatment of a number of health care problems for the women enrolled in UCMed Maternity Package Deal Program.  This process is referred to as “telemedicine” ,“telehealth” or “eHealth.” This means that you may be evaluated and treated by a health care provider or specialist from a distant location. Since this may be different than the type of consultation with which you are familiar, it is important that you understand and agree to the following statements.

  1. The eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider will be at a different location from me.
  2. I may be asked for my medical history, examinations, x-rays, tests, photographs or other images by the specialist who is at a different location.
  3. I will be informed if any additional personnel are to be present other than myself, individuals accompanying me, and the eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider. I will give my permission prior to the entry of the additional personnel.
  4. The eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider will keep a record of the consultation in my medical record.
  5. RELEASE OF INFORMATION: eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare providers who provide professional services to the patient are authorized to furnish medical information from my emergency medical record to the another physician, if any, and to any insurance company or third party payer for the purpose of obtaining payment of the account. eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider is authorized to release information from my medical record to any other health care facility or provider to which my care may be transferred.
  6. I voluntarily consent to health care services provided by my doctor(s) or a designee, which may include diagnostic tests, drugs, examinations, and medical or surgical treatments considered necessary to treat my health problem.
  7. I understand that I may be released before all my medical problems are known or treated and it is my responsibility to make arrangements for follow-up care.
  8. I understand that I have the option to refuse eHealth service at anytime without affecting the right to future care or treatment and without risk losing my benefits.

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