H.Res. 753 (112th): Recognizing that the occurrence of prostate cancer in African-American men has reached epidemic proportions and urging Federal ...

...agencies to address that health crisis by supporting education, awareness outreach, and research specificall

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Aug 01, 2012 (Introduced).

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IV

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 753

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 1, 2012

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

RESOLUTION

Recognizing that the occurrence of prostate cancer in African-American men has reached epidemic proportions and urging Federal agencies to address that health crisis by supporting education, awareness outreach, and research specifically focused on how prostate cancer affects African-American men.

Whereas the incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men is more than one-and-a-half times higher than in any other racial or ethnic group in the United States;

Whereas African-American men have the highest mortality rate of any ethnic and racial group in the United States, dying at a rate that is approximately two-and-a-half times higher than other ethnic and racial groups;

Whereas that rate of mortality represents the largest disparity of mortality rates in any of the major cancers;

Whereas prostate cancer can be cured with early detection and the proper treatment, regardless of the ethnic or racial group of the cancer patient;

Whereas African-Americans are more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier age and at a later stage of cancer progression than all other ethnic and racial groups, leading to lower cure rates and lower chances of survival;

Whereas for patients diagnosed early, studies show a 5-year survival rate of nearly 100 percent, but the survival rate drops significantly to 28 percent for patients diagnosed in late stages; and

Whereas recent genomics research has increased the ability to identify men at high risk for aggressive prostate cancer: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

recognizes that prostate cancer has created a health crisis for African-American men;

(2)

recognizes the importance of health coverage and access to care, as well as promoting informed decisionmaking between men and their doctors, taking into consideration the known risks and potential benefits of screening and treatment options for prostate cancer;

(3)

urges Federal agencies to support—

(A)

research to address and attempt to end the health crisis created by prostate cancer;

(B)

efforts relating to education, awareness, and early detection at the grassroots level to end that health crisis; and

(C)

the Office of Minority Health of the Department of Health and Human Services in focusing on improving health and healthcare outcomes for African-Americans at an elevated risk of prostate cancer; and

(4)

urges investment by Federal agencies in research focusing on the improvement of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer, such as the use of—

(A)

biomarkers to accurately distinguish indolent forms of prostate cancer from lethal forms; and

(B)

advanced imaging tools to ensure the best level of individualized patient care.