The national men’s cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization, Malecare, protests against the proposed elimination of funding for prostate cancer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in America. Almost 30,000 American men die from prostate cancer every year. And, African American men die from prostate cancer at a rate that is more than twice the rate as white men. Incredibly, the 2016 President’s Budget request would eliminate prostate cancer funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FY 2016 budget request eliminates the entire $13,200,000 budget for prostate cancer activities. While the evidence on prostate cancer screening remains unclear, CDC has conducted extensive research on and developed materials to help doctors and other health providers better communicate with their patients about informed decision making related to prostate cancer screening and treatment. The proposed elimination will not impact CDC’s ability to collect data on national prostate cancer incidence through the National Program of Cancer Registries, nor hinder the ability to share resources and lessons learned.
Malecare will pursue this advocacy issue with appropriate vigor. Those who wish to help can contact firstname.lastname@example.org .