About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that occurs in the colon or the rectum. It usually begins as small, noncancerous polyps that form on the colon lining. Over time some of these polyps can become cancerous. A colonoscopy is a test that looks for those polyps, to remove them before they grow to become cancerous.

A colonoscopy also helps detect colon cancer at an early stage which increases the survival rate of the patient by 90%. A regular screening is recommended for people who are above the age of 40, and/or living with obesity, diabetes and have a family history of colorectal cancer in their families.

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Colorectal Cancer in Numbers


Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the UAE. One of the most common cancers in the UAE in both men and women


More than 80% of all colorectal cancers are found in men and women who are 40 years and older


95% percent of the colorectal cancer cases are curable if detected early


More than half of the people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no symptoms

Diagnostic Care at SSMC

Combining our rich local legacy with Mayo Clinic's know-how in line with our deeply rooted values focused on always putting your needs first, we offer a comprehensive, compassionate and multidisciplinary approach that incorporates all available therapies to ensure you get the best possible preventive and corrective care in the region.

We offer a range of diagnostic tests, depending on individual symptoms and history.

Colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer and​ to explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, and other intestinal problems.

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A cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) system used to perform gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures for the diagnosis of colon polyps, the GI Genius technology offers one of the highest accuracies in polyp detection compared to other diagnostic technologies, minimizing the risk of fatalities from colon cancer by 50%.

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Management & Treatment Options

Our multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other specialists ensures you receive comprehensive, innovative, and supportive care.

Our surgical treatment options include the full range of laparoscopic and robot-assisted colorectal procedures, which reduce pain, blood loss, and recovery time, as well as help patients preserve normal function and avoid colostomy bags.

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Why Choose SSMC?

Innovative procedures

One of only 3 centers in the UAE to offer robotic-assisted colorectal surgery.

Modern technology

Equipped with AI-led technology including the GI Genius to offer more accurate diagnostic results to prevent colorectal cancer before it develops.

Specialized care

Our multidisciplinary team, in partnership with Mayo Clinic experts, offers the highest standard of medical care in treating complex cancer conditions.

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Patient Success Stories

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I visited SSMC’s Emergency Department due to excruciating pain in my abdominal area. I was diagnosed with appendicitis and underwent surgery for that. During the surgery, the general surgeon discovered a tumor in my colon. Dr. Noura Al-Ali and Dr. Faek Al Jamali, both general and colorectal surgery consultants at SSMC, performed a robotic-assisted right hemicolectomy with complete mesocolic excision and resection of the terminal ileum following my appendectomy. I am so grateful for the vigilance the team at SSMC displayed. Had it not been for them, I would have never known or would have found out when it was too late.

- Bedoor Alhammadi, 25 years old
After facing persistent colorectal-related symptoms, I decided to visit a gastroenterologist at SSMC where I was asked to get a colonoscopy. Following my screening, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The diagnostic care I received as SSMC helped me get the treatment I needed. I am currently receiving two doses of chemotherapy at SSMC, and my care team there keeps me hopeful.

- Fareed Jaafar, 70 years old
After a lengthy battle with painful symptoms, I gave in to my fear of hospitals and consented to get a colonoscopy done. The screening detected a tumor that needed both surgery and chemotherapy to treat. Not only was my surgery successful at SSMC but also the medical team responsible for treating me has been so supportive throughout my journey, and for that I am very grateful.

- Nassra Alyahyaei, 50 years old