COLUMBUS– The Senate today passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 10, sponsored by Senator Dave Burke (R–Marysville), which calls on Congress to seek the withdrawal of the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against prostate-specific antigen-based screening for prostate cancer for men in all age groups.
An estimated 29,720 men will die from prostate cancer in 2013 in the United States, and more than 238,590 new cases will be diagnosed, according the American Cancer Society.
“Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in men in the nation,” said Burke. “It is vital that we continue to encourage early detection, preventative screening and educational awareness in order to save lives.”
A recent study, the Goteborg Randomized Population-based Prostate Cancer Screening Trial, found that with screening, deaths from prostate cancer dropped 44 percent over a 14-year period, compared to men who did not partake in screening.
“The USPSTF recommendation against this screening puts men in harm’s way who are most likely to be at risk,” said Burke. “That includes the underinsured, those who live in areas where health care is not readily available, those with a family history of cancer, and African American men who have a higher incidence of prostate cancer.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 will now move to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.
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