The rate at which people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.S. is dropping among people 65 and older but rising in younger age groups, according to research from the American Cancer Society. In 2020, 12% of colorectal cancer cases will be diagnosed in people under 50 – about 18,000 cases. Rates have been increasing since the mid-1980s in adults ages 20-39 years and since the mid-1990s in adults ages 40-54 years,
Governor Henry McMaster has designated March 5 as colorectal cancer day at the State House. The American Cancer Society says colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in South Carolina. “Me (Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette) and the governor feel it’s important to keep South Carolinians healthy. Colorectal cancer is preventable if caught early and the only way to catch it early is through screening.” More than $1 million in annual state funding is going toward the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network which provides free screening and procedures for those that are uninsured or underinsured.
In February 2019 Dr. Bryan Green became an Honoree recipient of the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards, a program designed to recognize individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to achieve colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher.
Dr. Bryan Green of Digestive Diseases received the National Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach Prevention and Year- Round Excellence (SCOPY) at the American College of Gastroenterology Meeting in San Antonia TX October 28. Below is the description of the award:
Best State-Level Collaboration to Deliver Screening to Underserved Patients
Dr. Bryan Green of Digestive Diseases Group was invited and served as the 2019 Health Sciences Alumni Career Speaker at his alma mater of Mercer University and Mercer Medical School in Macon Georgia on November 7. He spoke to about 100 students and faculty about how his education at Mercer helped him in his career as a Gastroenterologist.