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AdMeTech Praises Rep. Cummings for Introducing $650 Million Prostate Research Bill
Date:3/9/2010

can be cured when detected early.

Existing prostate diagnostics, such as the PSA biomarker and digital rectal exam, cause widespread underdiagnosis, overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Current diagnostics miss and/or underestimate the extent and/or aggressiveness of prostate cancer and lead to treatment failures in as many as half of all men.

False diagnostic alarms result in a staggering extent of unnecessary biopsies and treatment, costing billions of dollars each year. Up to 88 percent of all biopsies – performed on more than 1 million men blindly and randomly each year at a cost of over $2 billion – do not show prostate cancer.

As many as 54 percent of men with early prostate cancer undergo unnecessary treatment and are left with life-altering complications, such as incontinence and impotence. Improved diagnostic tools, including more specific biomarkers for urinary and/or blood tests which can be used for mass screening and advanced imaging tools to guide biopsies, early detection and treatment, will save lives, enable the least invasive and the most effective patient care, reduce unnecessary procedures, improve quality of life in millions of men and decrease health care costs by at least $5 billion per year.


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