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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 01, 2010

Contact:
Wendy Isett, AUA
410-689-3932, communications@AUAnet.org

AUA URGES CONGRESS TO PASS PROSTATE ACT, ESTABLISH INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE TO ALIGN CURRENT FEDERAL EFFORTS IN PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH, AWARENESS AND HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

LINTHICUM, MD, October 1, 2010–The American Urological Association (AUA) today announced its support of H.R. 6389, the PROSTATE Act, introduced on September 29 by the Honorable Edolphus Towns (D-NY-10), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The AUA worked closely with lawmakers to develop this critical legislation, and recently honored Chairman Towns at a special event held during the 2010 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s 2010 Annual Legislative Conference. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced the Senate version of the Act on September 14.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men, and more than 210,000 are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2010. There are significant racial disparities: African American men are not only more likely to develop the disease, but are also more than twice as likely to die from it.

While significant national resources are focused on prostate cancer, federal agencies should actively explore ways to align their current efforts to more efficiently and effectively deploy existing federal funds. The PROSTATE Act will help foster greater national integration and coordination on the many efforts to promote more effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, public education and healthcare delivery for this disease.

Specifics of the bill include:

“The AUA is very pleased to offer its support of both the House and Senate versions of the PROSTATE Act,” said Datta Wagle, MD, president of the AUA. “This legislation is an important first step toward using government resources effectively to combat prostate cancer.”

For more information about the PROSTATE Act, please contact AUA Communications at 410-689-3932 or communications@AUAnet.org. The following spokespeople are also available for interviews:

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

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