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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2011

Contact:
Wendy Isett, AUA
410-689-3789, wisett@AUAnet.org

AUA CHAMPIONS NEW PROSTATE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TODAY

Association urges Congress to establish inter-agency task force to align current federal efforts in prostate cancer research, awareness and healthcare delivery

LINTHICUM, MD, June 14, 2011–The American Urological Association (AUA) is pleased to announce its support for the Prostate Research, Outreach, Screening, Testing, Access and Treatment Effectiveness (PROSTATE) Act of 2011, H.R. 2159, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Representatives Edolphus Towns (D-NY-10) and Paul Broun, MD (R-GA-10). Companion legislation, S. 1190, was also introduced in the Senate today by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The AUA worked closely with lawmakers to assist in the development of this critical legislation, which was previously introduced in 2010.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. More than 217,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and more than 32,000 died from the disease. There are significant racial disparities in regard to prostate cancer: African American men are not only more likely to develop the disease, but are also more than twice as likely to die from it.

Significant national resources are focused on prostate cancer, but federal agencies should determine to what extent they can coordinate the numerous prostate cancer and healthcare programs, actively encourage the translation of research into practice and identify and implement best practices. The PROSTATE Act can help foster a more integrated and coordinated focus on effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Specifics of this budget-neutral bill include:

“We would like to thank Reps. Towns and Broun, as well as Sens. Tester and Blunt, for their leadership in introducing the PROSTATE Act and taking a stand to help combat prostate cancer,” said AUA President Sushil Lacy, MD. “This bill helps bring much-needed focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this common cancer affecting men today.”

The PROSTATE Act of 2011 was introduced in the House by Representatives Towns and Broun with the following original cosponsors: Andre Carson (D-IN-07), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Jim Gerlach (R-PA-06), Steve Israel (D-NY-02), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Peter King (R-NY-03), Barbara Lee (D-CA-09), Mike McIntyre (D-NC-07), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Charles Rangel (D-NY-15), Laura Richardson (D-CA-37), Frederica Wilson (D-FL-17) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS-02).

The bill was also introduced in the Senate by Senators Tester and Blunt, with Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) as cosponsors.

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 17,000 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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