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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 2, 2015 08:54 AM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prostate Cancer Task Force
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to create the Prostate Cancer Surveillance, Education, Detection and Treatment Act.

The intent of the legislation is to provide the public with information and education to create greater public awareness of the prevalence of and measures available to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions. It is also intended to ensure that:
  • Medical professionals, insurers, patients and governmental agencies are equally knowledgeable about screening, diagnosis and treatment options;
  • Medical professionals provide patients have sufficient information about treatment options to enable patients to make an informed choice as part of informed consent and to respect the autonomy of choice; and
  • Pennsylvania government agencies provide unbiased information regarding multiple standards of care.

The legislation directs the Department of Health to establish a 19-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendations.

Prostate cancer in Pennsylvania has similar incidence and mortality numbers as breast cancer. In the past year, over 10,240 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. That's 28 men per day in our Commonwealth. An additional four men will die from prostate cancer every day, adding up to almost 1,300 men per year.

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Pennsylvania men. African-American men are 61% more likely than Caucasian men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation in order to bring this important men’s health policy discussion to the forefront of the legislative agenda. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Matt Azeles in my office at 717-787-3110.

Introduced as SB609