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Prostate Conditions Education Council Opposes U.S. Preventative Services Task Force Recommendation
Date:10/10/2011

ea of focus for debate, not the issue of screening. Over-treatment of prostate conditions should be addressed through greater doctor-patient communication regarding appropriate diagnostic options and treatments to determine the right action based on the patient.

Increasing Access to Advanced Diagnostic Technology

New technologies including the Transperineal 3D Mapping Biopsy are allowing physicians to better understand the stage and gravity of the cancer in order to make more informed treatment decisions.  Experts agree that prostate staging biopsies will yield better understanding of the extent and aggressiveness of the disease in patients. This information allows physicians to develop individualized treatment plans for patients.  

Expedite U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Review of New Diagnostics

The FDA should encourage the development of new diagnostic and screening tools by expediting review of all promising prostate cancer diagnostic tests. The FDA is currently reviewing the Prostate Health Index which may provide additional context to patients risk for an aggressive form of cancer.

Encourage a Focus on Men's Overall Health

Many prostate screening locations also offer testing for cholesterol and testosterone, as many factors play into overall men's health awareness and a man's risk for prostate cancer.  PCEC screening sites are equipped with a variety of free informational materials that help guide men in improving their overall health condition.

About Prostate Conditions Education Council

A national organization committed to men's health, the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) is the nation's leading resource for information on prostate health.  The PCEC is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early
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