Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum plays a key role in alerting and informing the public about the number of men in general and men in high risk groups in particular who die from prostate cancer each year.
Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum is Pleased with the Government Panel’s Proposed Recommendation on Prostate Cancer Screening
“The Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum (The Forum) is pleased that the United States Preventive Task Force (The Task Force) in its most recent recommendations is reversing its 2012 Grade D recommendation against PSA screening for all men. The Forum strongly supports the Task Force’s Grade C recommendation for offering PSA screening to individual patients based on patient preferences and professional judgement.
The Forum joins the The Task Force in calling for a “national priority” to gather the necessary data to establish an evidence-based recommended age to start PSA screening for African Americans and other men at high risk for being diagnosed with and dying from prostate cancer.This has been a goal of the Forum for nearly a decade based on local incidence, mortality and disparity data. That is why The Forum believes that annual PSA testing and digital rectal exams should begin no later than age 40 for African American and other high risk men.
The Forum finds reference to age 55 as when a man should begin testing that is included in the new recommendations troubling when applied to African American men and other men whose fathers or a brother has been diagnosed. Since it is established the recommended age 55 start for PSA testing is based on evidence for average risk men, The Forum has no objection to that specific recommendation for average risk men.
The Forum is extremely pleased with and supportive of the leadership of current Task Force Chairperson, Dr. Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo who broadened the Task Force’s research and analysis to include data and input from stakeholders and medical experts to factor in the real-life prostate health needs of men that are consistent with scientific evidence. In addition, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo’s receptivity to offers from stakeholders and organizations such as The Forum in communicating the final recommendations is refreshing.
The Forum is recognized in Hampton Roads, Virginia as the region’s preeminent source of prostate cancer education and early detection events. We believe awareness and educational training should start at age 35 for African American (and other high risk men) and the women in their lives so that by the time these men reach age 40, they will know the risks and benefits of PSA testing and digital rectal exams. They will also know the value of active surveillance and the increasing number of new diagnostic tools and treatment therapies.
The Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum promotes “treating the man and the cancer” and “knowledge, faith and early detection matter most” in communicating with the general public about prostate cancer.”