Senator Mensch’s Legislation Establishing Prostate Cancer Task Force Passes Senate

Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) sponsored Senate Bill 609 which seeks to establish the Prostate Cancer Surveillance, Education, Detection and Treatment Act.

“The intent of the legislation is to provide the public with information and education to create greater public awareness of the prevalence of and measures available to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions,” said Mensch. It is also intended to ensure that:

•Medical professionals, insurers, patients and governmental agencies are equally knowledgeable about screening, diagnosis and treatment options;

•Medical professionals provide patients have sufficient information about treatment options to enable patients to make an informed choice as part of informed consent and to respect the autonomy of choice; and

•Pennsylvania government agencies provide unbiased information regarding multiple standards of care.

The legislation directs the Department of Health to establish a 19-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendations.Prostate cancer in Pennsylvania has similar incidence and mortality numbers as breast cancer.  In the past year, over 10,240 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. That’s 28 men per day in our Commonwealth. An additional four men will die from prostate cancer every day, adding up to almost 1,300 men per year.  Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Pennsylvania men.

The legislation unanimously passed the Senate and will now go before the House for consideration.  For other legislation sponsored by Senator Mensch, please visit http://www.senatormensch.com/prime-sponsored-legislation-2015-2016/.

More information is available on Senator Mensch’s website, www.SenatorMensch.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Sarah Stroman sstroman@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388