Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) joined the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition in the Capitol Rotunda today to focus on the final report generated by the Prostate Cancer Task Force.
SB 609 of 2015, now Act 66 of 2015, was sponsored by Senator Mensch and was designed to create greater public awareness of measures available to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among Pennsylvania men and the third most common cause of cancer-related death among the state’s male residents. When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are excellent, but men face side effects and other issues that can diminish their quality of life. A lack of consensus regarding prostate cancer screening guidelines has created confusion among the public and the medical community over who should be screened and at what age.
The legislation directed the Department of Health to establish a 19-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendations.
“The purpose of this legislation was to investigate, raise awareness and make recommendations concerning prostate cancer and prostate cancer related conditions,” said Mensch. “We need to look at the recommendations from the task force and identify which steps will further help those suffering with this terrible disease.”
The Task Force identified many areas of concern and acknowledged the need to address the full spectrum of prostate health services for Pennsylvania men. “The findings of this task force are invaluable to the health of all men and can be a model for other states,” said Mensch. “The report provides a comprehensive direction for public policy and prostate and public health advocates. This is extremely valuable information and I look forward to using this information to helping prostate cancer victims and their families.”
For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com. State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch.
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