DENVER, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Prostate Conditions Education
Council (PCEC), a national organization committed to men's health and a leader
in prostate cancer early detection, released the following statement in response
to new clinical practice guideline released today by the American Urological
Association (AUA). The statement is attributed to PCEC Chairman E. David
Crawford, MD, PCEC President Wendy Poage and PCEC Council Member Nelson Stone.
"PCEC applauds the American Urological Association for its diligent work on
their new prostate cancer clinical practice guidelines announced today and its
recognition that, as medicine continues to evolve, so must the protocols for the
disease. We look forward to continuing the discussion around the best practices
for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
Guidelines, such as the AUA's, are an excellent starting place for men and their
physicians. It is important to realize, however, that the landscape of prostate
cancer early detection is changing rapidly, with a variety of new biomarkers
currently available to better enhance the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate
cancer. Therefore, screening for prostate cancer is not a one-size-fits-all
proposition. PCEC's goal remains to educate men and their healthcare
practitioners about prostate cancer testing and new developments, such as
biomarkers, so that together they can develop a personalized plan for
appropriate follow up after a baseline test. PCEC is also dedicated to ensuring
that men are educated about their options for testing particularly given that
many are either without health insurance or under insured, which is why PCEC
holds its annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.
Our hope is that men will understand that knowledge is power, and that by
knowing more about their prostate health, they will be able to make better and
more informed choices about screening and, if necessary, the diagnosis and
treatment of prostate conditions."
Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among American
men.[i] Prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease that is most successfully
treated when it is detected early on. Each year, the PCEC holds Prostate Cancer
Awareness Week, dedicated to offering free or low-cost screenings for more than
125,000 men across the U.S. and internationally. Since the first PCAW in 1989,
the program has helped to screen nearly five million men in the U.S., and this
number continues to grow each year both at home and internationally.
PCEC at the AUA
-- PCEC will be holding an Industry Clinical Update presentation at the AUA
Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 10 am entitled, "Understanding How
New Biomarkers Will Assist the Diagnosis and Prognosis for Prostate
Cancer." The presentation will be led by David Crawford, M.D., Chairman,
PCEC and Neal D. Shore, M.D., PCEC Council Member.
-- Nelson Stone, MD, on behalf of the PCEC, will be making a podium
presentation entitled "Male Androgen Deficiency (MAD) Screening
Questionnaire: A Simplified Tool to Identify Hypogonadal Men" on Monday,
May 6th at 3:30 pm (SDCC: Room 3, Sexual Function/Dysfunction/Andrology:
-- PCEC will be hosting a Men's Health Education and Testing event for
physicians at the AUA. Physicians may receive a men's health blood test
that includes Testosterone, Cholesterol and Glucose along with a new
prostate cancer biomarker called the prostate health index (phi).
Please visit www.PCECatAUA.org for more information about PCEC's activities at
the AUA Annual Meeting.
About the 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 nationwide screenings for men
and perform research that will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate
conditions. More information is available at www.prostateconditions.org.
SOURCE Prostate Conditions Education Council