Advocacy wins are on a roll! Last year, guidelines changed to recommend colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45 for average-risk individuals. This week, additional guidelines came out saying that commercial insurance plans can’t charge patients if they need a colonoscopy after receiving a positive result on a non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test (like FIT or Cologuard®)!
Colon cancer screening rates have increased, but fully one-third of those over 50 aren’t screened. Click here to read The Washington Post’s article.
In early 2020, Lindy Thackston started having stomach cramps, blood in her stool and lower back pressure. Doctors suspected she had colitis and ordered colonoscopy. Due to COVID-19, the screening was canceled three times. When Thackston finally went in for the routine procedure, she learned she had stage 3 colorectal cancer. Read full article here
Dr. Bryan Green has been asked to serve a 3 year term on the Mercer University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board in Macon Georgia. Dr. Green graduated Summa Cum Laude from there in 1995 with a BS in Biology prior to attending medical school. He has become active with the Mercer University Biomedical Engineering Department partnering with them in a research study involving 3D printing of models of the human biliary tree.
Dr. Bryan T. Green served as the South Carolina Medical Association Doctor of the Day at the South Carolina Statehouse March 11, 2021 in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness month. He was recognized in the House and Senate chambers for his efforts with the South Carolina Colon Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN) that has provided over 3,000 free screening colonoscopies for uninsured South Carolina residents.