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
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