A strong advocate for increasing awareness and research into prostate cancer and its treatments, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today introduced H.R. 2949, the "Prostate Cancer Research and Prevention Act." Under the legislation, funding for awareness, research and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be continued through 2014. The bipartisan legislation was introduced with Representative Tim Holden (PA-17).
"Early detection and prevention remains the key to beating prostate cancer and other illnesses while promoting a general healthy lifestyle," said LoBiondo. "This Father's Day, I encourage every adult male to be proactive about their health by routinely getting a thorough medical exam and discussing prostate cancer screenings with their doctor. I remain committed to seeking federal resources to further research into these critical areas, and hope that additional public-private partnerships will be formed in our ongoing efforts to beat these life-threatening diseases."
Studies show that one in six men will develop the deadly disease; with prostate cancer being the second most common type of cancer found in American men, with over 192,000 new cases this year alone. LoBiondo & Holden introduced this legislation during Men's Health Week, which annually precedes the celebration of Father's Day.
Specifically, the bill would allow the CDC to continue providing grants to states and local health departments to ensure they educate the public about prostate cancer, especially among communities and groups where the disease is most prevalent. In addition, the bill will extend the authority of the National Cancer Institute at the NIH to conduct clinical research to learn more about the causes of prostate cancer, and to ultimately find a cure.
Furthermore, LoBiondo is again cosponsoring H.R. 2115, the "Men & Families Health Care Act of 2009," which would establish an Office of Men's Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Mirroring the work of the existing Office of Women's Health, this new office would coordinate and support programs and activities to improve the state of men's health. This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Representative Baron Hill (IN-09).