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Veterans' Health Bill Promotes Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Care Program

Posted: 6th March 2020 10:59

The American Urological Association (AUA) today announced its support for the Veterans Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act, introduced on March 5 by Rep. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-3) and Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC-1). This important bill supports the development and implementation of a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare program focused on a coordinated, comprehensive care for veterans with prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American men, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. veterans. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed during their lifetime; in 2019 alone, nearly 175,000 men will be diagnosed and more than 31,000 will die from the disease. Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health reports that prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Despite these disturbing national statistics, there is no national clinical pathway for prostate cancer care. The VHA has unparalleled systems and data resources, and is uniquely capable of creating a true learning healthcare system to tackle its most common cancer diagnosis – leading to models that have the potential to affect all men.

The Veterans Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act specifically requires the VHA to:

"The VHA – as a national system for healthcare delivery – is perfectly positioned to create this program," said AUA President John H. Lynch, MD. "We'd like to thank Dr. Dunn and Rep. Cunningham for introducing this very important bill to help understand how we can define and deliver optimal care for men with prostate cancer."

The AUA is proud to support this important piece of legislation, which we believe will standardize treatment options and result in improved outcomes for prostate cancer patients.

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 22,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.

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