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Video: Improving Survival
Watch this important video presentation from Dr. E. David Crawford on improving survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer and the changing role of the Urologist.
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Dr. David Crawford appears on UroToday and Speaks on Improving Survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer: The Changing Role or the Urologist.
Wendy Poage discusses her role as a Patient Advocate at the American Society of Clinical Oncolgoy - Genitourinary meeting during and interview with Cancer.Net expert Dr. Robert Miller. Listen to hear more on the discussion on exciting advances from the meeting and the role of advocacy in research.
Roundtable Blackburn Barrow Statement
The Prostate Cancer Roundtable commends Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and John Barrow for their introduction of H.R. 5998, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012. The bill is designed to reform a process whose flaws were highlighted by the recent prostate cancer screening recommendation process. The Task Force failed to consider input from patient representatives and medical specialists. The Task Force also failed to reach out to other federal agencies conducting research on prostate cancer screening, and heavily relied on a study that has been universally criticized as being critically flawed.
"Patient representatives and medical specialists and stakeholders in the topic area under study need to be a part of the process of developing recommendations. This legislation will establish an advisory board to do just that," stated Merel Nissenberg, President of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions.
"The recent prostate cancer screening recommendation by the Task Force largely ignored the benefits of screening for men known to be at high risk, including African American men, men with a family history of prostate cancer, veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and men with an above- average baseline PSA in their 40s. This legislation will require the Task Force to provide greater consideration of high-risk populations," stated Thomas Farrington, President of the Prostate Health Education Network.
The above statement has been issued on behalf of and endorsed by the Prostate Cancer Roundtable member organizations including the Prostate Conditions Education Council.
BJUI Robert J. Krane Prize Awarded to PCEC Publication
The Robert J. Krane Prize
Best Clinical Paper of 2011
British Journal of Urology International
Prostate danger zone study wins international best paper!
A high level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) predicts prostate cancer – about 30 percent of men with PSA over 4.0ng/ml have the disease. And until recently, below 4.0ng/ml was considered fairly safe. A University of Colorado Cancer Center paper shows that even at PSA levels between 1.5-4.0ng/ml, a man's chance of having prostate cancer increases 15-fold.
Chosen as the year's top publication in the British Journal of Urology International.
"We call this the 'early warning PSA zone'," says E. David Crawford, MD, of the Prostate Conditions Education Council, the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and the study's lead author.
Specifically, Crawford's study examined data from at 21,502 men over age 40 who were found to have between 0 and 4.0ng/ml PSA, and who were then tested again at least four years later. Which of these men testing in the "normal" PSA range were later found to have prostate cancer? Well, 7.85 percent of men with PSA levels between 1.5-4.0ng/ml compared to only 0.51 percent of men below this concentration were later found to have the disease. The risk in the "normal" population was even a bit higher for African American males, who were found to have a 19-fold increase in prostate cancer rates as PSA passed 1.5ng/ml.
"This is a robust finding," Crawford says, "and it has the potential to make doctors and other caregivers rethink how we interpret PSA levels.”
Crawford will accept the Robert J. Krane Prize for the Best Clinical Paper of 2011 at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, May 20, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Men's Health Alliance - PCEC Partnership Announced
Partnership Launches to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of
Men, Boys, and Their Families
The goal of the Men’s Health Alliance, a global collaboration, is to advance the awarenss, advocay and education of men’s health. Helping men, boys and families to take actionable steps in improving and managing their health and well being. The collaboration will allow the organizations to expand their reach to include even more men and boys, the women who care about them, healthcare professionals, key thought leaders, and other stakeholders in men’s health.
The collaboration will allow the two complimentary organizations to join forces, capitalize on each organizations strengths and enhance complimentary efforts, programs and goals including awareness and education programs centered around sporting events, workplaces and the faith-based community.
“Our organizations are doing great work on their own, but together we can reach more men around the world, who can benefit from the valuable resources and services that we provide. We believe this partnership with Men’s Health Network is a positive step in moving the men’s health conversation from exclusively ‘below the belt’ to looking at the whole picture of men’s health,” stated Wendy Poage, President of Prostate Conditions Educational Council.
The Denver-based Prostate Conditions Education Council has the largest prostate cancer screening program in the country and hosts a series of 5k races and other awareness events throughout the year.
On average men live five years less than their female counterparts and are far less likely to make preventive health visits. Over 240,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and over 28,000 men will die from the disease.
Men’s Health Network, formed in 1992, is based in Washington, DC and led the efforts to sign National Men’s Health Week into law. Men’s Health Network works with places of worship, workplaces, legislators, government agencies, fatherhood initiatives, and health organizations across the country to raise awareness of the silent crisis in men’s health.
Scott Williams, Vice President of Men’s Health Network explained, “Men’s health in the United States is in a dire state. Working collaboratively with Prostate Conditions Education Council we can expand the reach of our awareness programs to include a much larger audience with the ultimate goal of helping men live longer, healthier, and happier lives.”
Prostate Health Index Test FDA Approved
NEW SCREENING OPTION COMING FOR PROSTATE CANCER
Denver, CO -The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), a national organization committed to men’s health and a leader in prostate cancer screening, released the following statement in response to the Premarket Approval (PMA) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Beckman Coulter’s Prostate Health Index (phi). The statement is attributed to PCEC President, Wendy Poage, MHA.
“Today’s announcement of Premarket Approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Beckman Coulter’s Prostate Health Index (phi) represents a promising and exciting advancement for men and their physicians. As the debate around prostate cancer screening continues, the PCEC welcomes the addition of new screening tools that offer men options that improve upon current screening methods. Our hope is that new options like this test will help to mitigate concerns around screening by reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies, cutting back on the over diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, and lowering costs associated with prostate cancer detection.
Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.[i] Prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease that is most successfully treated when it is detected early on. The PCEC believes all men should be informed about the disease and their options for testing. Each year, the PCEC holds Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, dedicated to offering free or low-cost screenings for more than 125,000 men across the U.S. and internationally. Since the first PCAW in 1989, the program has helped to screen nearly five million men in the U.S., and this number continues to grow each year both at home and internationally.”