ANNUAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS DAY

Creating a Massachusetts Model of National Leadership in Awareness, Education, Research and Patient Care

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Introduction

The Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day (PCAD) at the Massachusetts State House was established in September 2009. This event resulted in the rapidly growing recognition of prostate cancer as a public health priority and support for increased research funding for the advancement of early diagnosis and treatment among key legislators in the Massachusetts General Court and US Congress.

Goal

To expedite transfer of the most current advances in prostate cancer care and research to clinics so that men, their caregivers and doctors will be empowered to make more informed and shared decisions on prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expected Outcomes/Landmarks

  • The Massachusetts General Court and the Boston City Council will recognize prostate cancer as a public health priority, major area of health care disparity and central issue in men’s health.
  • A Prostate Cancer Task Force, consisting of the key health care stakeholders, will be created to undertake a state-wide program for prostate cancer education and awareness, with a focus on improving patient outcomes in high-risk populations, particularly men with African American heritage, family history and increasing age.
  • Public-public partnerships will be created and expanded to support research, clinical testing and implementation of the innovative methods of early diagnosis and treatment of aggressive prostate cancer and elimination of unnecessary procedures for benign and indolent disease.

Approach

Prostate Cancer Awareness Day is organized by AdMeTech Foundation in cooperation with members of the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Council, the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Men of Color Health Awareness, American Cancer Society, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Prostate Health Education Network, US Too International, ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and other national and regional organizations.

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Selected Speakers

Organizing Committee

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Therese Murray, President of the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

robert-deleoSenator Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Rodgers, Boston Marathon Legend and Prostate Cancer Survivor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adam Kibel, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, R.N.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame and fmr. Anchor, WCVB TV Susan Warnick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationale and Background

The Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day (PCAD) at the Massachusetts State House was established in September 2009. This event resulted in the rapidly growing recognition of prostate cancer as a public health priority and support for increased research funding for the advancement of early diagnosis and treatment among key legislators in the Massachusetts General Court and US Congress.

June 2010 – PCAD was recognized by the Governor’s Proclamation as Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.

September 2011 – PCAD created a historic precedent when the State Senate President and Speaker of the House led the introduction of a Resolution, which recognized prostate cancer as a public health priority and major health care disparity and issued a call to action to improve early detection and treatment. This event was hosted by Mike Milbury, who is a Boston Bruins hockey icon, NBC sportscaster, and brother of a prostate cancer survivor.

June 2012 – PCAD featured US Senator John Kerry (D-MA); US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA); Senator Therese Murray, President of the State Senate; Representative Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House; and other key legislators and leaders of medicine and advocacy. This event had a direct impact on major legislation in US Congress:

June 14, 2012 – US Senator Kerry led the bipartisan Prostate Cancer Resolution (S. 529) recognizing prostate cancer as a health care crisis in African-American men and calling for increased national investment in diagnostic tools (passed on July 27, 2012);

June 27, 2012 – In honor of PCAD 2012, US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced the $180 million Prostate Cancer Detection Research Act. This legislation called for the development and implementation of a national research strategy for the advancement of early diagnosis; and

May 2012 – US House of Representative’s Armed Services Committee and Defense Appropriation Subcommittee issued a mandate to the Department of Defense to prioritize research for the advancement of early detection and accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer, including imaging, for fiscal year 2013.

The PCAD 2012 event played a critical role in securing the support of the Massachusetts policy makers and advocates who led the nation in supporting the $180 million Boxer/Cummings Bill. Indeed, a formal petition signed by key State legislators and other event participants was sent to the Massachusetts delegation in US Congress.

September 2013 – As the direct result of the recognition of prostate cancer as a national priority at the Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, the Massachusetts State House and Senate unanimously supported allocation of $1.5 million for a conclusive clinical trial of high quality prostate MRI and its PI-RADS standardization modeled after BI-RADS standardization of breast imaging, which transformed patient care. Ultimately, an Annual PCAD event will elevate the Massachusetts State House model of recognizing prostate cancer and the need to improve early detection of prostate cancer as a public health priority to US Congress.

June 2014 – Highlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for saving lives, particularly in the most vulnerable and the underserved, Dr. Faina Shtern opened the event with a video, “We All Agree”, where Independent, Democratic and Republican Gubernatorial candidates joined efforts in supporting prostate cancer awareness in general and the 6th annual event in particular.

Featured speakers including Senate President Therese Murray, Mayor Martin Walsh, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Senator Stephen Brewer, Representative Stephen Kulik, Senator Harriette Chandler and Councilor Tito Jackson (in order of appearance) expressed their support for creating a Massachusetts model of global leadership in prostate cancer awareness, education, research and quality of care.

Governor’s Proclamation, Massachusetts General Court Resolution, Mayor’s Proclamation and Boston City Council Resolution commended AdMeTech Foundation and its co-organizers Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition and Men of Color Health Awareness.

Public Recognition

PCAD has been recognized and commended by the major policy makers in Massachusetts, including the Governor’s Proclamation, Mayoral ResolutionResolution of the General Court and the Boston City Council.

 

Past Events

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014