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For Our USA Readers: Office of Men’s Health Petition and Update

Our best chance for establishing an Office of Men's Health in the USA is now, in the early days of this new administration. Our Petition at whitehouse.gov is a first and important step.   Please sign and spread the word.  This effort is entirely up to us.  We can do this! Click and Sign here: http://bit.ly/2iWgnQG Here is the text of the petition: We petition for the establishment of an Office of Mens Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This office would mirror the work of the existing Office of Womens Health, which has helped to [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer, advocacy, Politics of Cancer|0 Comments

Being A “Cancer Hater” is Not Productive

My wife Wendy periodically receives Facebook requests for her to “Hate Cancer.” Yes, she does hate cancer, but she wants us all to actually be productive about what we do with our “hate.” Wendy wrote on Facebook,  "I'm not a cut and paster, and certainly not a "hater," so I have an alternative suggestion.  I just had the remarkable experience of visiting the National Cancer Institute at NIH, when my husband (a survivor of 5 separate unrelated cancers, including one metastatic, and one very rare) volunteered for a clinical trial. The caliber of research and commitment there (and in so many of our [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Advanced Prostate Cancer, advocacy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the 1990’s USA: PSA Screening Reduced Instances of Initial Diagnosis of Metastatic Prostate Cancer By 50%

Screening for early cancer detection may reduce the rate of related metastatic disease, but not always. In a published study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers evaluated the incidence of men having a diagnosis of advanced, metastatic prostate cancer at the initial prostate cancer diagnosis. The researchers data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program database. Their analysis included only those men who had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at diagnosis, not of early-stage disease that then progressed to metastasis. In this perspective study the authors describe trends in metastatic prostate cancer prior to and [...]

The House Passes The 21st Century Cures Act – On To The Senate

Last Wednesday the House passed with a vote of 392 to 26, a medical innovation bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act, aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations. The bill’s goals are to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new drugs while also investing new money in medical research. The package also includes a range of other healthcare priorities, including $1 billion over two years to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer “moonshot.” The cures legislation also includes a mental health [...]