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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women – as reported by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that while colorectal cancer is a very serious problem, with early diagnosis it can often lead to a complete cure. Awareness is the key when it comes to colorectal cancer, and Dr. Hakert’s practice is focused on promoting this colon cancer awareness in the Dallas, TX area.

Colorectal cancer refers to cancer of the large intestine and/or rectum. While there is no single cause of this cancer, it typically begins as a non-cancerous polyp that can then develop into cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms in Dallas TX

  • Important to note that many patients with colorectal cancer have no symptoms
  • Bright red or very dark blood in the stool
  • Change in your bowel habits
  • Constipation, or a feeling that the bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss with no known reason

Who should receive a Colon Screening in Dallas TX?

Dr. Hakert will use a colonoscopy procedure to determine if a patient’s large intestine contains polyps. During this procedure, the doctor may take tissue sample and/or remove the polyp(s). You should have a colonoscopy if recommended by your physician or if you meet any of the following criteria:
  • Age 50 years or older
  • Age 45 for African American
  • Family history of colon cancer (ask your doctor)

If colon cancer is diagnosed, your Dallas, TX gastroenterologist will refer you to the appropriate specialist to determine the next steps for treatment. The three primary options for treatment are surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation depending on how advanced the cancer is and where it is located.

Although colon cancer is a growing concern, it is one of the most preventable types of cancers. By living a healthy lifestyle including eating right, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular colon screening, your chances of developing colorectal cancer are greatly reduced.


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James Hakert, M.D.
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 214 Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 368-6707
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