The Worlds Largest Prostate Cancer Screening Organization Releases a Statement Opposing the USPSTF Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2011
Contact: Wendy Poage
President, Prostate Conditions Education Council
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Denver, CO -The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) – a national organization committed to men’s health and a leader in prostate cancer screening released the following statement in response to the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force  (USPSTF) draft recommendation on the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.  The statement is attributed to PCEC President, Wendy Poage, MHA. "The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) opposes the draft recommendations prepared by the U. S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) on the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer early detection.

The PCEC believes that the USPSTF recommendations will do more harm than good. The proposed guidelines will result in an increase in the mortality rate from prostate cancer, which will be most apparent in those at high risk, including African American men.

The PCEC endorses the use of PSA, in conjunction with a DRE, as the best tool widely available today for the early detection prostate cancer. When interpreted appropriately, the PSA test provides valuable information for risk assessment, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients and physicians.

The PCEC also recognizes the importance of the development of new prostate cancer biomarkers that are more sensitive and specific and encourages the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recognize the time sensitive needs for review of the biomarkers currently submitted and those that will be submitted in the future.

It is the belief of the PCEC that Knowledge is Power.  The screening and early detection of prostate cancer afford men a great number of treatment options for their disease, one of which is watchful waiting.  It is our belief that the men and their loved ones have not only the fundamental right to be informed of a disease while it is survivable but also have the capacity to make intelligent choices when presented with information on the positive and negative aspects of screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.  We agree with the USPSTF that many men are over-treated for prostate cancer and that we should separate diagnosis of the disease from treatment through informed decision making discussions with physicians."

About Prostate Conditions Education Council

A national organization committed to men’s health, the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) is the nation’s leading resource for information on prostate health.  The PCEC is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection, and available treatment options, as well as other men’s health issues.  The Council – comprised of a consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer advocates – aims to conduct nation wide screenings for men and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate conditions.
PCEC organizes hundreds of free or low-cost screening sites annually for more than 125,000 men across the United States and internationally.  To date, the program has resulted in over 5 million screenings.