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What are My Colon Cancer Screening Options?

Knowing your risk factors for Colorectal Cancer is an important first step in staying healthy. In our October blog, we provided an overview of the two key categories of risk factors for colorectal cancer.  It is equally important to get regular screenings to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.  Understanding the different types of screenings is also key. Staying in touch with your doctor and gastroenterologist is vital for early detection so that any symptoms can be tracked with your full medical history.
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Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer claims over 50,000 lives per year among adult men and women in the United States alone. While that statistic may seem scary, early screening and detection as well as determining your risk factors can help decrease your odds. Staying in touch with your primary physician and gastroenterologist is essential in managing your risk for colorectal cancer.
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Cancer is a scary word

Cancer is a scary word. For those with GI issues, it can be even more unnerving, considering many of us have underlying risk factors that put us at greater risk. Here at DHAT, we want to walk you through the basics, from screening to treatment, in an effort to keep you informed up to date on GI issues you need to know to stay healthy.
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Preparing for Back to School…. Supporting Your Child with GI Issues

As many are preparing to get their children back in school, whether in a school classroom or e-learning setting, it’s important to ensure arrangements are made in advance for those students suffering from GI issues. GI issues have become increasingly common in the US with over 80,000 children afflicted annually. That being said several steps can be taken to help ensure your student has a seamless transition and a successful school year.
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The Many Faces of Liver Disease

People of all ages face liver disease. Both children and adults are diagnosed with hepatic diseases caused by viruses, substances or the body's own immune system. If caught early on, the liver can often heal itself and recovery. But when liver disorders aren't diagnosed quickly, the damage may be irreversible, thus requiring a liver transplant.

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Hemorrhoids and What To Do About Them

Hemorrhoids are sometimes described as varicose veins in the lower rectum or anus. They're very common, and almost three out of four adults will have them at some point during their lives. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop inside the rectum. External hemorrhoids are swollen veins under the skin around the anus.
 

You can experience differing symptoms depending on the location of your hemorrhoids. Signs and symptoms of external hemorrhoids can include:

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Effects of Stress on the Digestive System

The holidays create many reasons for people to feel stressed: Buying and wrapping gifts, spending time with family, and mounting social obligations. Chances are if you’re feeling stressed about the holidays, or anything for that matter, you’re also feeling it in your digestive system. This is because the brain and the gut communicate with each other.

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The Bittersweet Truth

How Sugar Affects the Digestive System

We know that a diet high in sugar can contribute to health complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But eating too much sugar can also wreak havoc on your digestive system.
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Is a Colonoscopy Painful?

Although colonoscopy is the best defense against colorectal cancer, many people are nervous about the discomfort or the possibility of pain during the procedure, but fear of pain should not deter you from getting a colonoscopy.
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How to prepare to go Back to School after an IBD diagnosis

Going back to school is a time of excitement and anticipation. But if your child has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can also be stressful. Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used for two gastrointestinal (GI) conditions — ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — characterized by chronic inflammation and sores in the GI tract.

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Avoiding Summertime GERD Symptoms

To many, summertime means cookouts, lemonade, and ice-cold beer. But if you’re part of the 18-28 percent of North Americans that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, summertime can bring challenges to your social events. That’s because popular summertime foods can irritate GERD and make symptoms worse. Most people experience acid reflux every once in a while. But when acid reflux occurs twice or more a week, this could indicate GERD.
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What to Look for When Searching for a Colonoscopy Doctor in DFW

Having a colonoscopy done is a key step in preventing colon cancer. That’s why it’s important to choose the right specialist. A colonoscopy is considered an invasive procedure, so you should feel comfortable with your doctor and trust his/her ability to find possible signs of colon cancer in order to reduce your risk of disease progression. Here’s what to look for when searching for a colonoscopy doctor in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
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April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day

3 Ways Stress Impacts Your GI System

Pending deadlines, juggling work and family responsibilities, or perhaps worrying about a first impression — stress comes in many forms and has affected everyone at some point in his/her life. During times of stress, you may have felt butterflies in your stomach or maybe you’ve lost your appetite — that’s because the digestive tract responds to one’s mood.

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Different Types of Colon Cancer Screening Tests

Screening Tests: Which Is Right for Me?

Colon cancer screening is the process of looking for signs of cancer or precancer in the colon and rectum before the patient notices any symptoms. When colorectal cancer is found in the early stages it is easier to treat and even curable. This is why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regular colon cancer screening for all adults. You’re probably familiar with the colonoscopy exam, but there are actually several other methods available to screen for colorectal cancer.

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