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On Tuesday, March 1 the SCGA sponsored the South Carolina House Republican Caucus luncheon at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, SC. Dr. March Seabrook had the opportunity to speak to the members of the caucus and to thank them for their strong support of the South Carolina Colon Cancer Prevention Network in South Carolina, the screening program that serves South Carolina citizens who are uninsured. To date over 1000 SC citizens have been screened through this program with a colonoscopy.  

Dr. Seabrook also presented the 2016 South Carolina Gastroenterology Association Award for Excellence to Molly Scott, Colon Cancer Survivor and Advocate.  
Congratulations to SCGA members, Dr. March Seabrook and Dr. Vasudeva (both of Consultants in Gastroenterology) for winning American College of Gastroenterology SCOPY awards for their exceptional work to address colon cancer awareness!

DIGESTIVE DISEASE NATIONAL COALITION
WASHINGTON, D.C.
MARCH 5-6, 2017
​SCGA Member Gastroenterologists Drs. William Gilchrist and Bryan Green (Digestive Disease Group, PA Greenwood), Dr. Stephen Yarborough (Gastroenterology Associates, PA Greenville), Dr. Gary Vukov (Grand Strand GI, Myrtle Beach), and Drs. March Seabrook and Schaberg served as Doctor of the Day on separate days in February, March and April. The gastroenterologists were also introduced to the House and Senate with opportunity to met with the legislators and promote colon cancer awareness. For more information about SCMA's Doctor of the Day Program at the SC Statehouse go to scmedical.org 

DOCTOR OF THE DAY at the SC STATEHOUSE
SPRING 2017
Dr. Bryan T. Green of Digestive Disease Group went to Washington, D.C. on March 5 and 6 and met with several senators and congressman to advocate for increased coverage for screening colonoscopy for Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Green is the current President of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association that represents approximately 100 gastrointestinal doctors 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 D disease Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Colon Cancer Alliance, and a number of state gastroenterology associations and along with many other digestive related organizations. 

Dr. Green had appointments at the offices of Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell- Majority Leader of the Senate both of Kentucky along with Senators Lyndsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina. He had lunch with Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana (centered in the picture above).  He also visited the offices of Representatives Jeff Duncan and Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Representative Brett Guthrie of Kentucky. 

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.