Dr. Ben Pinner is
board-certified in family medicine and has received additional, extensive education and training in gastroenterology.
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the health and disorders of the digestive system. It includes diagnosing and treating diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
Dr. Ben routinely performs screenings and procedures such as colonoscopies and EGDs. Colonoscopies examine the entire colon and rectum using a fiberoptic scope to detect cancer, polyps or any other abnormality. Colonoscopies are also used to help diagnose symptoms such as unexplained diarrhea, abdominal pain or blood in the stool. An EGD is often used to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or to obtain a biopsy to detect inflammation, ulcers or cancers.
EGDs and Colonoscopies are performed at Midlands Endoscopy Center in Irmo.
Importance of Colorectal Screenings
Colorectal cancer (sometimes called colon cancer) is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum, and over time some times polyps may turn in to cancer. Colorectal cancer screenings can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer.
Polyps and early stage colon cancer often have no symptoms, making them a "silent killer." Being screened at the recommended frequency increases the likelihood that when colorectal cancer is present, it will be detected at an earlier stage, when it is more likely to be cured, treatment is less extensive and the recovery is faster. (Source: SCDHEC)
Newest guidelines state screening should start at age 50 and continue until age 75 for most men and women. The decision to screen for colorectal cancer in adults aged 76 to 85 years should be an individual one, taking into account the patient's overall health and prior screening history. [Sources: American Cancer Society; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)]
There are many ways to detect colon cancer. Speak with your doctor to see which of the following screening tests would best fit you:
Ready for Your Colonoscopy? Need an EGD?
Our referrals team will handle the referral for you. Please talk with your provider at your next scheduled appointment, or call our office today at 803-945-7475, extension 101.
Did You Know...
If you are age 50 to 70 years old, you should get screened for colorectal cancer.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening beginning at age 50. Some groups recommend starting earlier, at age 45.
The vast majority of new cases of colorectal cancer (about 90%) occur in people who are 50 or older.
Millions of people in the US are not getting screened as recommended. They are missing the chance to prevent colorectal cancer or find it early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, learn your family health history and ask your doctor if you should begin screening before age 50.
(Source: CDC, 2020)