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:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 ... ... helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic ... the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida ... their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers ... as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  In a startling report released ... failing their residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate ... a definitive ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug ... only four states – Kentucky , ... Vermont . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... WAYNE, Pa. , June 23, 2016 ... provider, will launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket ... DIA Meeting held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... 6.0, the first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its ... DIA Booth #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today that ... Supplier Horizon Award . One of ... was recognized for its support of Premier members through ... clinical excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... this recognition of our outstanding customer service from Premier," ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: