As an active advocate in the world of prostate cancer awareness, I have been vocally against the prostate cancer guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society. But something is making me soften this position. For those who don't know the ACS issue new guidelines about
prostate cancer screening that were received well by some advocacy groups and loathed by most of them. In these guidelines, the ACS downplayed the effectiveness of prostate cancer screening and and also sent a confusing message about
who should undergo screening. While most of those affected by prostate cancer understand their general point, many men were taking the message to mean it does not do any good to screen for prostate cancer. Additionally, it was understood by their announcement that community screenings were not effective or necessary. And I believe that the guidelines leave the decision to screen to doctors and not the individual since they indicate that all men should consult with a physician before screening takes place. The problem I see with this is that not all people can go through the financial exercise to get to that point. And not all men will understand the guidelines even after careful explanation of them. Thus community screening events are a huge resource for those who could use them or simply need them.
My point to the post ~ I have received today a grant from the CDC through the Nevada Department of Health to organize a community screening event for fathers day here in Las Vegas. The grant was significant and made possible by the ACS attorney working with me. The Las Vegas chapter of Us TOO International will host the event. I was approached by the ACS attorney in Carson City to work on an event for the Las Vegas community and to head up the project.
I believe that the ACS is listening and showing signs of reconsideration of the announced guidelines, and also the effectiveness of prostate cancer screening. I am very happy to have worked with a great gentleman from their group who has made this possible. There has yet to be an official announcement from the ACS, but, I believe that is coming.
And so it is. Time to call the TV stations and get the word out...
UsTOO Las Vegas
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 47 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
LARP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino