Navigation Links
Men's Health Network Calls on Congress to Complete President Obama's Promise on Health Care Reform
Date:12/15/2009

Prostate cancer tests promised but not delivered

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Men's Health Network calls on Congress to ensure that healthcare reform does not override the prostate cancer testing benefit currently required of insurance companies in 37 states.

Prostate cancer screening is particularly important for those segments of the population and individuals who are identifiable as high risk, including African American men and men who have a family history of prostate cancer. The American Urological Association currently recommends that men age 40 consider a "baseline" prostate cancer test.

"My husband, the Late Congressman Dean Gallo, did not have the benefit of the PSA as a prostate cancer screening method in 1991. Therefore, in 1992 he was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer. It was stage 4 and he had a PSA of 883. If the PSA test was available my husband would not have died from this disease. A complete prostate cancer exam, including the DRE and PSA, identifies cancers while they can still be treated and should be made available to all men aged 40 and above," shared Betty Gallo, Co-Founder of Women Against Prostate Cancer.

Recent changes in national guidelines for mammography screenings from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) have caused a flurry of discussion around the role of the Task Force. Men's Health Network has monitored their recommendations closely for many years and is concerned that the USPSTF does not recommend prostate cancer testing even while the use of the DRE and PSA continues to save lives.

A new proposal in the Senate health care debate would let people aged 55-64 buy into Medicare. If this passes, it could lead to a significant increase in the number of men who have access to prostate cancer tests through the "Welcome to Medicare" physical, offered to every person entering Medicare. And, one can only ask, why should the general population receive services inferior to those offered to Medicare recipients, such as the tests in the "Welcome to Medicare" physical?

Prostate cancer testing has been supported by a resolution of the Democratic National Committee in September 2009 and by President Obama in a town hall meeting and again in a Weekly Address on August 15. President Obama said that he would "require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care" so that "diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer" can be detected early.

While Senator Mikulski's amendment has passed to ensure protections for women's preventive services, no such amendment is being proposed to ensure that men received the same protections for prostate or other screenings.

"We call on Congress to complete President Obama's promise to provide prostate screening in the health reform bill in addition to the breast cancer screening recently added," stated Scott Williams, VP for Men's Health Network.

Men's Health Network (www.menshealthnetwork.org), a national non-profit organization, reaches men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray.

SOURCE Men's Health Network


'/>"/>
SOURCE Men's Health Network
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Lumension Webinar Discusses How to Effectively Streamline Security and Compliance Initiatives
2. New Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite To Deliver End-to-End Endpoint Management Capabilities
3. Sentinelle Medical Introduces New Suite of Breast MRI Coils for GE, Siemens and Toshiba Scanners
4. Siemens Healthcare Unveils syngo.plaza at RSNA 2009
5. Siemens Boosts Advanced Image Reading Efficiency and Opens New Path Into The Clinical Routine with syngo(R).via
6. Jim Way, Former Vice President at Siemens Health Services, Joins InfoLogix, Inc. as Vice President of Strategic Healthcare Services
7. Lumension Endpoint Management Platform Strategy to Reduce Complexity, Enhance Security & Compliance, and Expand Visibility across IT Operations and Security Functions
8. New Ponemon-Lumension Study Reveals Companies Slow to Adapt to Changing Security, Technology Environment
9. Lumension Webinar Highlights the Evolving State of the Endpoint
10. Lumension Provides Enhanced Endpoint Protection and Support for The Latest Windows Platforms
11. Lumension Announces General Availability of its Data Protection Solution for Microsoft System Center and Joins Microsoft System Center Alliance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... ... The DuPage County law firm of Mirabella Kincaid Frederick & Mirabella, ... Cusack joins the team ready to provide clients with vigorous representation in a number ... Illinois, with a BA in Social Work. She earned her JD from Western Michigan ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Gocella Insurance Agency, a Cheektowaga based partnership ... in and around the greater Buffalo metropolitan area, is announcing the firm’s 25th ... The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an internationally recognized nonprofit that works to improve the ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Denville, NJ (PRWEB) , ... July 27, 2017 ... ... now a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). After ... one of the nation’s leading providers of dental implants . Dr. Kimowitz ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... Cut Pro X . This Final Cut Pro X exclusive features transitions that contain ... and add rotation to the transition using intuitive drop-down menus. TransPanel Volume 4 makes ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... announces the internal promotion of Elrene Clinkscales to Vice President of Revenue Cycle ... Remittance Management, reporting to Derek Morkel, chief executive officer (CEO). , Elrene has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/20/2017)... -- Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) released this statement from its Chief ... for Clinical and Economic Review,s (ICER) public meeting ... of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) of opioids. Prime was the sole ... "The ICER data ... use of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) in opioids in terms of ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... It should come as no surprise to anyone ... the midst of a crippling opioid epidemic. According to the ... of overdose deaths from opiate-based medications has quadrupled, Says, Dr. ... dead from 2001 to 2015". During this time, the prescription ... quadrupled, drawing a compelling link between prescription and eventual addiction. ...
(Date:7/12/2017)... July 12, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... generic companies to resolve pending patent litigation in the U.S. ... regarding the Cialis ® (tadalafil) unit dose ... 26, 2020. As part of the agreement, Cialis exclusivity is ... 2018. "The unit dose patent for Cialis is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: