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Several people in my family had polyps that were discovered during screening. Thankfully they're fine. It showed me how important it is to start screening at age 50.
 

Lee Batton
Colon Cancer Champion

 
So much has been achieved in terms of diagnosing and treating colon cancer but there is so much more to be done.
 

Peggy Baxter
Colon Cancer Advocate

 
Colon cancer affects men and women equally. If everyone age 50 and older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of colon cancer deaths could be avoided.
 

Dr. Frank Berger
Director, Center for Colon Cancer Research
University of South Carolina

 
You shouldn't be embarrassed about this. Screening and early detection can prevent colon cancer. Your life is too important to be embarrassed about it.
 

Bhavna Vasudeva
Colon Cancer Champion

 
Starting at age 50, it's essential to have the blessing of being tested. And I want to let others know there is life after cancer.
 

Reverend Joe Darby
Colon Cancer Survivor

 
Colon cancer truly is preventable so we need everyone to get screened starting at age 50.
 

Dr. Richard Greer
Gastroenterologist

 
Starting at age 50, screening for colon cancer is one of the most common sense things any of us can do.
 

Senator Hugh and Jean Leatherman
Colon Cancer Champions

 
 

Excellence in Gastrointestinal Healthcare Since 1989

We are Board Certified Gastroenterologists providing exceptional care in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of digestive system diseases. We are the only Lakeland’s area licensed and accredited Gl outpatient facility. The Greenwood Endoscopy Center offers a safe, comfortable, easily accessible environment for Colonoscopy and Upper Endoscopy at about one-fourth the cost of a traditional hospital outpatient setting. Over 11,000 procedures performed last year! We believe our community and surrounding areas deserve the best – make sure you ask your physician for a referral to Digestive Disease Group for your screening or diagnostic colonoscopy, upper endoscopy or other Gl related care!

If you’re over 50, get screened for colorectal cancer

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. But if everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Both men and women are at risk for colorectal cancer.


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Hemorrhoid Treatment with the CRH O'Regan System

50% of the population will experience symptomatic hemorrhoids by the age of 50

Digestive Disease Group is now offering the CRH O’Regan System®. A simple, painless and effective way to treat hemorrhoids!

Hemorrhoids are nothing to be embarrassed about – in fact, about 50% of the population will suffer from them by the age of 50.

For many, ointments and creams will only mask symptoms to provide temporary relief. They do not address the root of the problem that is causing the pain, itching, bleeding, and overall discomfort.

If you’re serious about getting rid of hemorrhoids once and for all, it’s time to consider a definitive treatment.

The CRH O’Regan System®

The CRH O’Regan System® offers patients a painless, proven effective solution to the problems associated with hemorrhoids through a unique take on a procedure called hemorrhoid banding, or rubber band ligation.

Much less invasive than a surgical hemorrhoidectomy, hemorrhoid banding with the CRH O’Regan System®, is a simple treatment that can be performed in just minutes with little to no discomfort. There isn’t any prep or sedation and most patients are even able to return to work the same day.

How it Works

Gentle suction is used to place a small rubber band at the base of the hemorrhoid in an area where there aren’t any nerve endings. This only takes about 60 seconds. After a few days, the hemorrhoid will begin to shrink and fall off – you probably won’t even notice when it does!

Watch a video to learn more about the CRH O’Regan System®

 
 

To read more about how the CRH O’Regan System® can take care of your hemorrhoids once and for all, visit their website at www.crhsystem.com or call our office today to schedule an appointment and get back to living a more comfortable life!


Dr. Green’s Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 6, 2019

Dr. Bryan T. Green of Digestive Disease Group, PA went to Washington, D.C. again this year on March 3 and 4 for appointments at the Senate and House offices to advocate for reducing the cost and increasing access for patients to prescription medications. Many insurance companies have created Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to manage prescription benefits for their enrollees but unfortunately this has contributed to rising cost of prescriptions. He also advocated to reduce “step edits” that health insurers use to require patients to try and fail several less effective medications before they will cover the more expensive but also more effective medication. Dr. Green is the immediate past President of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association that represents over 100 gastroenterology physicians in the state. The trip was part of the public policy forum for the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) which is a national advocacy organization for patients with digestive illnesses. In conjunction with its member organizations, DDNC seeks to raise awareness of digestive diseases in Congress and in the media. There are over 40 organizations within the DDNC including the American Gastroenterology Association, Celiac Disease Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Colon Cancer Alliance, and a number of state gastroenterology associations along with many others.

Dr. Green’s children Forrest and Saige accompanied him Monday to his appointments at the offices of Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina and Senator Ron Weis of Wisconsin and Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. Dr. Green and his children are pictured in the Senate Rotunda (following). In the afternoon they visited the offices of Representatives Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, and Brad Schneider of Illinois.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and one of the most preventable as it begins as a single polyp that if identified during colonoscopy, can be removed before it ever becomes cancerous. Due to increased screening, the United States has been one of the first countries in the world to actually show a decreased incidence of colon cancer. If all eligible individuals followed current screening recommendations, it is felt that over 70% of colon cancers could be prevented.

 

Dr. Bryan T. Green served as the South Carolina Medical Association Doctor of the Day at the South Carolina Statehouse March 6, 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019

Dr. Bryan T. Green served as the South Carolina Medical Association Doctor of the Day at the South Carolina Statehouse March 6, 2019. The House on that day also issued the following resolution:

TO SPREAD AWARENESS OF COLORECTAL CANCER AND THE NEED FOR EARLY SCREENING AND DETECTION AND TO PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019 AS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

See the resolution here.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and one of the most preventable as it begins as a single polyp that if identified during colonoscopy can be removed before it ever becomes cancerous. Dr. Green is pictured with Representatives Craig Gagnon and John McCravy III and with other members of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association on the steps of the state house after the proclamation


Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus

Posted on March 19, 2019

Dr. Mason has been involved with Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus for several years, a non-profit organization founded and operated by his mother and father-in-law and located in the Stann Creek district in Belize, Central America. One of their primary goals is to provide free medical care to the village communities in Belize and maintain continuity of care to treat chronic medical conditions. All are welcome to help spread God’s love! Learn more by visiting https://kidzkonnect4jesus.org


Congratulations to the two Matts, Matthew S. Z. Bachinski, MD and Matthew A. Mason, MD on passing their GI Board Certification!

Posted on March 12, 2019

Congratulations to the two Matts, Matthew S. Z. Bachinski, MD and Matthew A. Mason, MD on passing their GI Board Certification. Physicians must complete 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years and the Boards must be taken every 10 years. This makes the third set of Boards for Dr. Bachinski and the first for our newest physician, Dr. Mason. Congrats again to both of you for staying up to date on the latest in order to provide the best of care to our GI community!


Kick-off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on March 7, 2019


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on February 1, 2019


The Good News and The Bad News About Colorectal Cancer

Posted on January 28, 2019

The American Cancer Society estimates that 145,600 new cases of colon or rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during the current year and that the disease will claim the lives of more than 51,000 people. Those numbers in the Palmetto state are 2,166 and 829, according to the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.

THAT’S THE BAD NEWS … Click here to continue reading.


8 National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable in Baltimore Maryland on November 15

Posted on December 3, 2018

Dr. Bryan Green was invited to speak at the 2018 National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable in Baltimore Maryland on November 15. This is a national coalition co-supported by the American Cancer Society and CDC, which focuses on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates throughout the nation. He presented the results of an ongoing program in which gastroenterologists have partnered with the University of South Carolina Center for Colon Research to provide over 3,000 free screening colonoscopies to uninsured residents of South Carolina. He and the partners of Digestive Diseases Group were the first Gastroenterologists in South Carolina to begin to participate in the program when it began in 2008. Now it involves over 80 Gastroenterologists, 19 endoscopy facilities, 5 hospital systems, 12 pathology organizations and 13 anesthesiology organizations.


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