Ten members if the Prostate Cancer Roundtable have, this morning, issued a media release supporting proposed legislation in Congress designed to revise the activities and functions of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The American Urological Association also supports the proposed bill.
The proposed legislation is known as the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 5998). The media release issued by the 10 signatory organizations among the members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable is available on the Roundtable’s web site. At the time of posting this message, the full text of this bill is not available on the “Thomas” web site.
The two members of the Roundtable that have not signed on as supporters of this peice of legislation are Prostate Cancer International (the parent organization of this web site) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Prostate Cancer International (PCI) is of the opinion that the proposed legislation is simply not constructive, will go nowhere, and is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the function and role of the USPSTF. PCI respects the fact that others have different opinions, and PCI further understands that there were serious flaws in the way that the USPSTF packaged its recent recommendation about prostate cancer screening. However, we do not believe that legislation of this type is any way to resolve what is basically an educational issue.
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