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 lives of men who develop prostate cancer than early detection. These recommendations threaten to reverse two decades of progress in reducing deaths from prostate cancer. Even with our recent successes, prostate cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in men."
NJPCAC encourages all concerned citizens to contact policymakers to demand the government not restrict access to this life-saving testing.
The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition (NJPCAC) was organized to promote and represent the common interests of urological care physicians in the State of New Jersey who are dedicated to the highest standards of practice and focused on addressing the challenges that confront our healthcare system.
NJPCAC's membership includes nearly 200 practicing urologists and scores of additional healthcare professionals, including radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses and administrative staff, who have come together to educate policy makers, regulators, insurers and other key stakeholders, including patients and peers about legislative and regulatory changes that could adversely affect the quality and accessibility to care provided to patients in New Jersey and those that could advance care in New Jersey. Visit www.njpcac.org for more information about NJPCAC.
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