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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

 
 

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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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South Carolina Medical Association Physician in the Spotlight

Posted on March 29, 2018

Meet Bryan T. Green, M.D., a Gastroenterologist dedicated to his patients, an advocate for colon cancer prevention and a passionate land conservationist.

Dr. Green. is a southeastern native who grew up in Milton, Florida. He received his B.S. in Biology from Mercer University, summa cum laude, and graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine as Alpha Omega Alpha.

After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Green completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at Duke University. He published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and presented his research at more than 10 national meetings during his medical training. After graduation, he joined Digestive Diseases Group in Greenwood, South Carolina in 2004, where he currently works with an active Gastroenterology practice.

Dr. Green serves his community through numerous board leadership roles, including two terms on the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Greenwood School District 52 parents’ advisory board. He is a passionate land conservationist who has personally preserved more than 1,400 acres of endangered land along rivers in South Carolina through conservation easements. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Upper Savannah Land Trust to further support land conservation efforts.

Dr. Green is the current President of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association (SCGA) and spearheads a variety of activities within the organization. He promotes the Colon Cancer Prevention Network, a partnership between the University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research and a number of SCGA member physicians that have agreed to perform free screening colonoscopies to underinsured patients throughout the state. More than 1,000 patients have received this service. He will present this research at the Southeastern Colorectal Cancer consortium this summer, and has strengthened the ties between the SCGA and the MUSC Digestive Disease Center. Dr. Green volunteers as the SCMA Doctor of the Day at the South Carolina Statehouse each March, in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness month.

Dr. Green travels to Washington DC each March to participate in the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) Legislative Weekend to advocate for funding for colon cancer treatment and prevention with Congress. The DDNC is an advocacy organization comprised of the major national voluntary and professional societies concerned with digestive diseases, and focuses on improving public policy and increasing public awareness with respect to diseases of the digestive system. Dr. Green is part of a team comprised of a physician, nurse, and patients that meet with Congressmen or their staff to promote funding for digestive health. He also has been active on the Colorectal Cancer Advisory Committee of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.

Hoping for increased coverage for colonoscopy screenings for Medicare beneficiaries

Posted on March 21, 2018

Dr. Bryan T. Green of Digestive Disease Group, PA went to Washington, D.C. again this year on March 4th and 5th to meet with several senators and congressman to advocate for eliminating the “polyp penalty” for Medicare beneficiaries. This “penalty” occurs when a polyp is detected and removed during a Medicare screening colonoscopy and results in the patient having a cost share for the procedure rather than having it fully covered as a screening exam. 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 current 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 had appointments at the offices of Senators Kyle Christian of Kansas and Kamala Harris of California and Senator Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina. He also met with Congressman Kevin Yoder and visited the offices of Representatives Jeff Duncan and James Clyburn of South Carolina.

March is National Colon 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.

New Procedure Being Offered at Digestive Disease Group

Posted on October 3, 2017

Spring 2017 South Carolina Gastroenterology Association Newsletter

Posted on September 28, 2017

Please click here to view the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association newsletter for spring 2017 in PDF format.