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Prostate cancer community calls for better early detection and treatment
Date:9/17/2010

Washington, DC In a presentation today at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference Health Braintrust meeting, Faina Shtern, M.D., president and CEO of AdMeTech Foundation, unveiled overwhelming support from Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and patient advocacy organizations for the Prostate Research, Imaging, and Men's Education Act of 2010 (PRIME Act). This support builds on the rapidly growing number of Congressional co-sponsors for the legislation, including 25 CBC members who are particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact of prostate cancer on African American men.

Prostate cancer is the most common and the second-most lethal cancer in American men. African American men have a 60 percent higher incidence and 250 percent higher mortality rate.

Reintroduced earlier this year by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), former CBC chair and long-time champion of the fight against prostate cancer, the PRIME Act would provide $650 million over five years for research and education to advance prostate cancer diagnostics. Rep. Cummings reintroduced the bill following a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that identified the need for reliable blood or urinary tests for mass screening and medical imaging technologies for improved early detection and treatment. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

"Despite the tragic statistics surrounding prostate cancer, there are no reliable, accurate diagnostic tools for the detection and treatment of the disease," said Rep. Cummings. "We must allow patients to make informed decisions. I am concerned that many men will not bother to have the initial discussion with their physician because of new reports that current screening will not make a difference in their overall health."

The PRIME Act has seen growing momentum from all sectors of the prostate cancer community, formally announced today by
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