Sen. Mark Green treated for colon cancer

State Sen. Mark Green confirmed Friday afternoon he’s been battling colon cancer in recent months, reports the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. Following successful radiation treatment and surgery, he is now cancer-free.

“At my annual check-up this summer, my doctor saw a change from last year,” Green said in a prepared statement.

“Confirming a small area of concern, I was diagnosed and began treatment for colon cancer. Fortunately we caught this extremely early and following the treatments all the tests have confirmed I am cancer-free.”

Green is a practicing physician from Clarksville. The Republican senator represents Montgomery, Houston and Stewart counties in the 22nd Tennessee Senate District. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee, and focuses extensively on issues for military veterans, small business and accountable government.

“Appreciating that my encounter with cancer was on a small scale compared to so many others, without a disruption to my work and family, I count my blessings. I encourage everyone to get their check-ups. Early detection means everything to a good prognosis like mine,” Green said.

Despite being deemed cancer-free, Green said he has elected follow up treatment of chemotherapy as a precaution.

Green said he decided to go public with his battle with cancer to encourage others to “do the responsible” thing. “I know the colonoscopy is a very unglamorous procedure, but if you can go ahead and get that screening done early, you can greatly reduce the risk.

“As for the chemotherapy, the doctors are telling me some of my hair may fall out and I may lose a little weight, but I am just grateful to catch this thing early. Who knows, I may go back to my old Ranger haircut for a few months.” Green once served as a U.S. Army-qualified infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.