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Date:10/10/2011

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition (NJPCAC), representing more than 200 urologists in the Garden State, encourages men and their families to speak out to preserve prostate cancer screenings. Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended healthy men should no longer receive prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests as part of routine cancer screening.

This decision was made by a panel that does not include a single urologist or oncologist. In fact, no new research has been cited that would call for this drastic change in prostate cancer testing recommendations since the USPSTF considered this issue just two years ago in 2009.

Newer studies have found that deaths from prostate cancer dropped 44 percent among screened men over a 14-year period, when compared with unscreened men, and found screening efficiency for prostate cancer similar to other cancers.

This is the same task force that suggested mammograms were unnecessary for women ages 40- 49 and recommended against teaching women breast self exams. That recommendation caused a public outcry and was soundly rejected by Congress.

The NJPCAC believes the USPSTF recommendations jeopardize the health of countless Americans and needlessly puts in harm's way the men who are most at risk: those who are underinsured, live in areas where health care is not readily available, have a family history of prostate cancer, and particularly African-Americans (who have the highest incidence of and death rates from prostate cancer). NJPCAC supports current recommendations endorsing PSA screening for well-informed men who wish to pursue early diagnosis.

"These recent recommendations by the government fail to protect our nation's health," said Dr. David Taylor, NJPCAC Chairman and President and President of Garden State Urology in Whippany. "There is no more important element to saving the l
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