The Congressional Men’s Health Caucus / Prostate Cancer Task Force briefing on prostate cancer screening

“Prostate Cancer Screening: Dangerous or Life Saving?”

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the Prostate Cancer Task Force held a briefing “Prostate Cancer Screening: Dangerous or Life Saving?”– the Task Force’s first public event.

The briefing flyer and agenda can be found here. Representatives of Prostate Cancer Roundtable member organizations attended and participated in the event.

The Prostate Cancer Task Force is chaired by Reps. Jon Runyan and Joe Baca, and the Men’s Health Caucus is chaired by Reps. Jon Runyan and Heath Shuler, each of whom gave brief welcoming remarks.

Members of Congress joined an expert panel to discuss the USPSTF’s draft recommendations. Speakers included Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, Chief of Urology at Howard University Hospital, and Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council. Representative John Barrow and Representative Tom Price, M.D., were featured speakers as well. Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen and Gene Green rose to lend their support.

The event was attended by over 90 guests, including seven members of Congress.

“Feds’ cancer screening guidelines draw bipartisan fire,” was the headline of a front-page linked story in The Hill (a Capitol Hill “insider” newspaper) that day.  You can read the story here.

Videos of interviews at the briefing:

Rep. Tom Price (GA)

Rep. John Barrow (GA)

Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director, Veteran’s Health Council, Vietnam Veterans of America

Photos from the event:

Reps. Price and Barrow
Rep. Frelinghuysen
Audience, including Reps Runyan and Frelinghuysen
Reps. Runyan and Barrow and audience
Rep. Shuler
Reps. Green and Baca
Audience 1
Audience 2