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Prostate Cancer Foundation Endorses the 21st Century Cancer ALERT Act

Introduced Today by Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Kay Baily Hutchison, Bill will Renew America’s Commitment to Fighting Cancer and Finding Cures

March 26, 2009 --The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) has thrown its vigorous support behind the 21st Century Cancer Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment (ALERT) Act introduced by Senators Kennedy and Hutchison on Capitol Hill today. The bill comprehensively addresses the challenges our nation faces in battling this disease and is the first sweeping cancer legislation introduced since the National Cancer Act in 1971, authored by Kennedy.

“This is milestone legislation for cancer research and patient treatment. As a leading source of philanthropic funding for prostate cancer research, the PCF is proud to have worked closely with congressional staffers, providing strategic input for crafting the bill,” commented Jonathan Simons, M.D., president and CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “For the millions of American families who are devastated by cancer every year, we will continue to provide whatever support is needed to see this legislation pass.”

The 21st Century Cancer ALERT Act will provide critical funding for promising research in early detection, and supply grants for screening and referrals for treatment. These measures will also ensure patient access to prevention and early detection, which is supplemented by increased access to clinical trials and information.

The bill places an emphasis on strengthening cancer research and the urgent need for resources to both prevent and detect cancers at an early stage. The bill strives to give scientists the tools they need to fight cancer and to understand more thoroughly how the disease works. Through fostering new treatments, increased preventative measures and funding for research, the ALERT Act begins a new chapter in how Americans will live with and fight cancer.

Senators Kennedy and Hutchison first proposed the idea for comprehensive cancer legislation last May.


About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research focused on discovering better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $370 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental research funds. PCF advocacy has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer since 1994. More information about prostate cancer and the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.

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