Making Prostate Cancer a Public Health Priority

Despite the fact that 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, and that tens of thousands of men in Pennsylvania are living with or after prostate cancer, men’s health has not be a priority in public policy. Only recently has the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition been able to have prostate cancer included in Pennsylvania’s Five Year Cancer Plan, and we are currently working with the PA Department of Health to address survivorship issues that men experience after prostate cancer treatment.

In 2015, we celebrated passed of Act 66 of 2015, which created the Prostate Cancer Task Force. We will be sure to keep you updated with the progress of the task force throughout 2016, and their final report to the PA General Assembly in December 2016. You can read more about the Prostate Cancer Task Force here.

After the Task Force makes their report, the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition will surely have suggest policy changes and improvements to increase the emphasis on men’s health and prostate cancer in our public healthcare discussion.