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AdMeTech to Testify in Congress About Prostate Cancer Crisis, Research to Improve Diagnostic Tools as a Solution
Date:3/1/2010

Dr. Shtern, a leader over the past 20 years in the development of advanced breast cancer imaging and other technologies, will testify that the development of accurate diagnostic tools is critical for ending prostate cancer crisis in this country. She praised Chairman Ed Towns (D-NY), Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for bringing prostate cancer issues, such as diagnosis, treatment and a disproportionate impact on African American men, to the national stage.

"The primary goal of health care reform is to guarantee access to high quality health care for millions of Americans while reducing health costs through improved screening, prevention and early detection. However, current diagnostic tools for prostate cancer are so unreliable that they lead to a compromised quality of life in millions of men and add billions of dollars to health care costs," Dr. Shtern said. "The hearing on March 4 is a great step toward recognition of the prostate cancer crisis on Capitol Hill."

Prostate cancer is the most common major cancer in the United States and the second most lethal cancer in men. A man is diagnosed every 2.5 minutes, and the incidence has increased seven fold in men aged 50 and younger, and tripled in men aged 50 to 59 since 1986. A man dies every 19 minutes from prostate cancer, even though prostate cancer can be cured when detected early.


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