Association urges Congress to
establish inter-agency task force to align current federal efforts in prostate
cancer research, awareness and healthcare delivery.
The American Urological
Association (AUA) has announced its support for the Prostate Research,
Outreach, Screening, Testing, Access and Treatment Effectiveness (PROSTATE) Act
of 2011, H.R. 2159, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
on June the 14th
It was introduced by
Representatives Edolphus Towns and Paul Broun, MD.
Prostate cancer is the
second-leading cause of cancer death in men. This form of cancer is subject to
racial disparities with increased incidence in African American men who are
also more likely to die from it.
In the USA, a huge amount of
national resources are focused on prostate cancer, but federal agencies need to
determine to what extent they can coordinate the various healthcare programs,
find out ways to translate research into practice besides identifying and
implementing best practices.
The PROSTATE Act can help to
bring about a more integrated and coordinated focus on effective prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
The highlights of this
budget-neutral bill include:
Establish an Interagency
Prostate Cancer Coordination and Education Task Force
Develop a strategy to improve
Eliminate duplication between
Identify best practices; expand
collaboration; increase patient and medical community participation
Develop a coordinated message
related to awareness of and treatment for prostate cancer
Coordinate and intensify
research on prostate cancer, improve the understanding of the etiology of the
disease; establish clinical registries; and evaluate appropriate imaging
Establish a grant program to
build upon existing knowledge
Recognize and address the
racial and ethnic disparities in the incidence and mortality rates of prostate
tele-health pilot projects in a various geographic areas
Develop a coordinated national
education campaign to align messages to the public concerning prostate cancer
screening, diagnosis and cancer.
This bill is expected to gather a much-needed
attention on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this common cancer
exclusive to males.