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NCFM PRESS RELEASE: The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) Calls for Congress to Restore and Increase Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

April 22, 2016
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prostate cancerThe National Coalition For Men (NCFM) Calls for Congress to Restore and Increase Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

Apr 21, 2016, 08:40 ET from National Coalition For Men

SAN DIEGO, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Center for Disease Control (CDC) FY-2017 budget request is 11.86 billion dollars, an 87 million dollar increase.

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No funds were requested for the existing 13.7 million dollar prostate cancer program even though, as explained in the budget narrative, “the evidence on prostate cancer screening remains unclear.”

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. Only lung cancer kills more men than prostate cancer (American Cancer Society).

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic men; and the fourth cause of cancer deaths for Pacific Islander men (CDC).

Two large Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) trials recently published conflicting results. A European trial (the ERSPC) found a clear and significant reduction in mortality, but a US trial (the PLCO) found little benefit and even some harm.

PSAs reportedly have a high incidence of false alarms, but they produce accurate results as well. Either way, the results can be devastating for those tested.

“Given the uncertainty and conflicting data, it seems much more research, not less, is needed. The defunded program was an essential element of fighting prostate cancer, a cancer that robs the mental health, physical wellbeing, and lives of thousands of men every year, as well as the horrific impact on their families,” said Harry Crouch, President of NCFM.

NCFM asks for your support by calling your Congressional representatives and asking them to restore CDC funding for the Prostate Cancer program.

For a good discussion of related issues see http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2009/03/18/the-psa-test-the-picture-becomes-slightly-clearer/

Media Contact:

Steven Svoboda

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SOURCE National Coalition For Men

national coalition for menPlease tell your federal elected officials to restore and increase funding for prostate cancer research.

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One Response to NCFM PRESS RELEASE: The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) Calls for Congress to Restore and Increase Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

  1. Fred Sottile on April 23, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Prostate Cancer, like so many maladies is no big issue until it happens to you, then, wow, your life is pulled right out from under you. As with all cancer, early detection is the key to the best course of treatment. Thanks for reminding me that my next checkup is due.

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