Prostate Cancer News – New Legislation Proposed to Make the USPSTF More Transparent
A new legislation has been introduced in the US Congress to make the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) more transparent in its guidelines or recommendations.
The bill is the H.R. 5998, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012. It proposes changes to the procedure applied by the USPSTF in making recommendations. By and large, the bill is geared to make the government panel more transparent.
This is coming on the backdrop of the recent guidelines issued by the panel that no screening should be done for men of any age using the PSA test.
The Prostate Cancer Roundtable commends the congressmen that introduced the bill. Here are more details:
The Prostate Cancer Roundtable commends Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and John Barrow for their introduction of H.R. 5998, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012.
The bill is designed to reform a process whose flaws were highlighted by the recent prostate cancer screening recommendation process. The Task Force failed to consider input from patient representatives and medical specialists. The Task Force also failed to reach out to other federal agencies conducting research on prostate cancer screening, and heavily relied on a study that has been universally criticized as being critically flawed.
“Patient representatives and medical specialists and stakeholders in the topic area under study need to be a part of the process of developing recommendations. This legislation will establish an advisory board to do just that,” stated Merel Nissenberg, President of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions.
“The recent prostate cancer screening recommendation by the Task Force largely ignored the benefits of screening for men known to be at high risk, including African American men, men with a family history of prostate cancer, veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and men with an above-average baseline PSA in their 40s. This legislation will require the Task Force to provide greater consideration of high-risk populations,” stated Thomas Farrington, President of the Prostate Health Education Network.
The above statement has been issued on behalf of and endorsed by the following Prostate Cancer Roundtable member organizations.
Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure
Malecare Prostate Cancer Support
Men’s Health Network
National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions
Prostate Conditions Education Council
Prostate Health Education Network
The Prostate Net
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network
Women Against Prostate Cancer
ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer
Conclusively, the Prostate Cancer Roundtable’s members comprise of well known prostate cancer organizations. It support for the new legislation tells you that the recent recommendations of the USPTF was not transparent.
If the proposed bill passes on the legislative hurdles and the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 is passed into law, then more general acceptable recommendations from the government panel would be acceptable in the future.
Moreover, in the future medical specialists and patient representatives would be able to contribute to any recommendations made for prostate cancer.
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