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Prostate Cancer Awareness Week

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PCEC ENCOURAGES MEN ACROSS AMERICA TO HAVE A BASELINE PROSTATE HEALTH ASSESSMENT DURING THE ANNUAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK

Free Or Low Cost Screenings Help To Diagnose Second Leading Cause of Death Among Men Which Can Be Easily Treated If Caught Early --

DENVER (September 22, 2014)– Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, but it is easily treated when caught early - the problem is that too often it is not. That is why the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), – a national organization committed to men’s health and a leader in prostate cancer screening –  is sponsoring its 25th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW) from September 22-27. 

Committed to encouraging men to take a more proactive role in protecting their health, PCEC has coordinated hundreds of sites across the country to offer free or low cost prostate health assessments during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.  PCEC recommends that men should have a baseline PSA and rectal digital examination test at age 40 and then work with their physicians to determine what the appropriate interval is to repeat both tests.  Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) remain the safest routes to detecting the disease in its earliest stages – when it’s most treatable.  

 “What many men do not realize is that prostate cancer if caught early can most often be very successfully treated, said Dr. E. David Crawford, Head of the Urologic Oncology Department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and Founder/Chairman of the PCEC. “Men should not avoid the topic.  Knowledge is power and by avoiding medical tests, they are only doing a disservice to themselves and their loved ones. Simple tests like Cholesterol, PSA, testosterone and the DRE are valuable tools in assessing men’s health and risk for many of the biggest risk factors especially prostate cancer."

During PCAW, men are offered a baseline PSA blood test and a DRE administered by a trained professional.  PCAW screening sites are also equipped with a variety of free informational materials that will help guide men in improving their overall health condition. Many 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. 

Men (and their female family members and friends who want to encourage them to be tested) can find the sites by visiting http://www.prostateconditions.org/screening-site or calling 866-4PROST8.
“During the past 25 years, PCEC helped to provide early detection to more than 5 million men for prostate cancer and men’s health conditions in the United States and internationally,” said Wendy Poage, president of PCEC.  “Our commitment to educating in awareness on prostate cancer and other important men’s health issues continues to expand each year.” 

Prostate Cancer Early Detection Guidelines

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PROSTATE CONDITIONS EDUCATION COUNCIL (PCEC) COMMENTS ON NEW AUA NEW CLINICAL GUIDELINE ON PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
 
 
DENVER, CO  - The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), a national organization committed to men’s health and a leader in prostate cancer early detection, released the following statement in response to new clinical practice guideline released today by the American Urological Association (AUA).  The statement is attributed to PCEC Chairman E. David Crawford, MD, PCEC President Wendy Poage and PCEC Council Member Nelson Stone.
 
“PCEC applauds the American Urological Association for its diligent work on their new prostate cancer clinical practice guidelines announced today and its recognition that, as medicine continues to evolve, so must the protocols for the disease.  We look forward to continuing the discussion around the best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
 
Guidelines, such as the AUA’s, are an excellent starting place for men and their physicians. It is important to realize, however, that the landscape of prostate cancer early detection is changing rapidly, with a variety of new biomarkers currently available to better enhance the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer.  Therefore, screening for prostate cancer is not a one size-fits-all proposition.  PCEC’s goal remains to educate men and their healthcare practitioners about prostate cancer testing and new developments, such as biomarkers, so that together they can develop a personalized plan for appropriate follow up after a baseline test.  PCEC is also dedicated to ensuring that men are educated about their options for testing particularly given that many are either without health insurance or under insured, which is why PCEC holds its annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.
 
Our hope is that men will understand that knowledge is power, and that by knowing more about their prostate health, they will be able to make better and more informed choices about screening and, if necessary, the diagnosis and treatment of prostate conditions.”
 
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.  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.
 
PCEC at the AUA
  • PCEC will be holding an Industry Clinical Update presentation at the AUA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 10 am entitled, “Understanding How New Biomarkers Will Assist the Diagnosis and Prognosis for Prostate Cancer.”  The presentation will be led by David Crawford, M.D., Chairman, PCEC and Neal D. Shore, M.D., PCEC Council Member.
  • Nelson Stone, MD, on behalf of the PCEC, will be making a podium presentation entitled “Male Androgen Deficiency (MAD) Screening Questionnaire: A Simplified Tool to Identify Hypogonadal Men” on Monday May 6th at 3:30 pm (SDCC: Room3, Sexual Function/Dysfunction/Andrology: Evaluation (II)).
  • PCEC will be hosting a Men’s Health Education and Testing event for physicians at the AUA.  Physicians may receive a men’s health blood test that includes Testosterone, Cholesterol and Glucose along with a new prostate cancer biomarker called the prostate health index (phi).

Please visit www.PCECatAUA.org for more information about PCEC’s activities at the AUA Annual Meeting.


 

Free Prostate Cancer Screening

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CONTACT:   Wendy Poage
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fREE AND lOW-COST PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING opportunities ACROSS THE cOUNTRY AIM TO IMPROVE EARLY DIAGNOSIS, SURVIVAL

DENVER, CO – As the debate over the benefits of prostate cancer screening continues, new research reinforces that early testing and diagnosis are key to survival. A new study released in late August by the Journal of Urology shows there is value in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, as men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer lived longer during the time when PSA testing was widely recommended when compared to the pre-PSA testing era. In addition, another study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine shows a nearly 30 percent reduction in prostate-cancer mortality among men who underwent screening for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

To alert men to the dangers of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection, and to educate on innovations in screening options, the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC)  holds an annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW). This year’s PCAW will be held the week of September 16. The goal of PCAW is to provide at-risk men in the U.S. with a free or low-cost opportunity to get tested for prostate cancer, and this year the PCEC expects more than 125,000 men will be screened. During PCAW, testing centers will be set up around the country where men can receive prostate screenings, along with other health assessments.

“As the research shows, countless lives could be saved if more men knew about the dangers of prostate cancer and took action to get tested,” explains Wendy Poage, MHA, president of the PCEC. “This year, nearly 30,000 American men will die from prostate cancer. That is just too many for a disease that is often treatable when caught early.”

During the past several years, researchers have introduced many exciting medical advances in prostate cancer testing, which mean improved and more accurate options for men. Biomarker tests, which identify a specific mark on person’s DNA for cancer, are helping men better understand their risk for developing the disease. They are also reducing unnecessary biopsies with more accurate readings and the re-testing of previously collected prostate tissues. Biomarker tests can also help to define an effective course of treatment for men with prostate cancer by distinguishing between aggressive and non-aggressive tumors and predicting survival rates.

As part of PCAW, PCEC is providing patients with more information about existing and expected biomarker tests on their website.

“While these scientific advancements can provide tremendous benefit, it’s also important for men to remember that a screening that shows an elevated PSA level is not a diagnosis,” said Poage. “And, with a prostate cancer diagnosis, immediate treatment is not always necessary. Sometimes active surveillance, or watchful waiting, can be the best course of action for a patient with a small, non-aggressive tumor.”

Keith Wegen, 45, of Broomfield, Colorado, knows well the value of prostate cancer screening. After not feeling his healthy and active self for several years, he was screened and diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011. While his diagnosis was delayed because doctors considered him too young for prostate cancer, Wegen is now a survivor working to spread the word about the benefits of early testing.

“Early detection saved my life,” said Wegen. “More men need to know about their risk, and their opportunities to get screened. If I can save just one life through my efforts, I will have done my job.”

As a leading authority on prostate cancer, the PCEC recommends a prostate health assessment for all men beginning at 35 years of age, including PSA and digital rectal exam (DRE). The organization has detailed guidelines for men and their doctors for PSA monitoring, to help men avoid unnecessary biopsies and treatment. 

Screenings during PCAW takes approximately 10 minutes and includes a PSA blood test and DRE performed by a trained professional. Men also have the option to receive a cholesterol and testosterone level check, to promote overall health awareness and the evaluation of other prostate cancer risk factors. PCAW is one of the longest-running and most successful screening programs in history. To find a nearby PCAW screening site and for more information on prostate cancer, visit http://www.prostateconditions.org/screening-site or call toll free 866-4PROST8.

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Prostate Health Index Test FDA Approved

 

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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.”

About the 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 detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues.  The Council – comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates – aims to conduct nationwide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate conditions.  More information is available at www.prostateconditions.org.   

[i] http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/men.htm

FDA Approves Xtandi

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Prostate Conditions Education Council Applauds FDA Priority Review and Approval

Leading PROSTATE CANCER GROUP SAYS New drug GIVES HOPE TO MEN WITH ADVANCED prostate cancer

The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), applauds today’s approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a groundbreaking new therapy, Xtandi.  Developed by Medivation and co-marketed with Astellas, the drug has shown promise in clinical trials, extending the life of men with advanced prostate cancer even following other treatments. 

“This new therapy represents an important advancement in the treatment of prostate cancer, extending survival in patients who failed previous chemotherapy for castration-resistant disease,” said Daniel Petrylak, M.D., PCEC council member and director of the genitourinary oncology program and co-director of the signal transduction program at the Yale University Cancer Center.

The PCEC, a national organization committed to men’s health and a leader in supporting prostate cancer research and treatment, has been working for several decades to improve treatment options.  New treatments like Xtandi - an antiandrogen therapy that acts to block testosterone, slowing prostate cancer growth - are bringing new hope to men with prostate cancer.

"Since our work with antiandrogens began over two decades ago, we have been waiting for a superior agent that shows promise for late-stage patients; today we have it with the approval of Xtandi,” said E. David Crawford, M.D. head of the urologic oncology department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and founder/chairman of the PCEC.  “I am confident that this is only the beginning of success stories with this agent and that it will be used in earlier stages of prostate cancer in the near future.  While this therapy is an innovative development for patients in the late stages of prostate cancer, early detection and treatment are key to survival. Continued efforts to improve awareness and education of the disease are still very important and support efforts to diagnose and treat the disease before it reaches the advance stages.”

Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among American men[i], and can be an aggressive disease that is most successfully treated when detected early on. 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. This year, the week is being held September 16-22.  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.

About the 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 detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues. The Council – comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates – aims to conduct nationwide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate conditions. More information is available at www.prostateconditions.org. 

About Xtandi

Xtandi (formerly known as Enzalutamide or MDV3100) is an oral, once-daily agent that is an androgen receptor signaling inhibitor. Xtandi inhibits androgen receptor signaling in three distinct ways: it inhibits 1) testosterone binding to androgen receptors; 2) nuclear translocation of androgen receptors; and 3) DNA binding and activation by androgen receptors. In the Phase 3 AFFIRM trial common side effects observed more frequently in Xtandi as compared with placebo-treated patients included fatigue, diarrhea and hot flush. Seizure was reported in less than 1% of Xtandi-treated patients. Serious adverse events, adverse events causing patients to stop treatment, and adverse events causing death all were lower in the Xtandi group than in the placebo group. 

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[i] http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/men.htm

 

Men's Health Alliance - PCEC Partnership Announced

 

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Partnership Launches to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of
Men, Boys, and Their Families

Washington, DC,  – Men’s Health Network and the Prostate Conditions Education Council announced the launch of a new partnership, Men’s Health Alliance.

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.”

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 detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues.  For more information, please visit www.prostateconditions.org .

About Men's Health Network

Men's Health Network (MHN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities and patient navigation. With a network of chapters, affiliates, and health partners, MHN has a presence in every state and over 30 countries.  For more information, please visit www.menshealthnetwork.org .

The Worlds Largest Prostate Cancer Screening Organization Releases a Statement Opposing the USPSTF Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening

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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 U.S. Preventative Service Task Force  (USPSTF) draft recommendation on the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.  The statement is attributed to PCEC President, Wendy Poage, MHA. "The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) opposes the draft recommendations prepared by the U. S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) on the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer early detection.

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