Late-stage colon cancer showing up in more younger adults. ‘Get screened,’ doctor urges

A growing number of young adults are being diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer, according to a new peer-reviewed study.

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine examined data from 100,000 people with adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that’s more likely to be caught in later stages. Some of the reasons for a rise in young adults could be linked to obesity,

Insurers to Cover Follow-Up Colonoscopy Without Cost-Sharing for Patients

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®)!

After her colonoscopy was canceled 3 times, mom diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer

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 to serve on Mercer University Board

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.