Fighting Prostate Cancer Together


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

FPCN CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF
THE 2004 PROSTATE CANCER EDUCATION BILL


  TAMPA, FL April 7, 2004 – Florida Prostate Cancer Network (FPCN) Chairman Bob Samuels is pleased to announce that SB 2002 (ch.2004-2, Laws of Florida), was signed into law by Governor Bush on March 12, 2004. This bill creates a Prostate Cancer Awareness Program within the Department of Health. The bill also mandates that a prostate cancer advisory group be established to work with the Department of Health.
  An estimated 230,100 men in the United States in 2004 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004; 17,000 of those will be residents of Florida.  In the United States, 29,900 men are projected die from prostate cancer in 2004, with 2,220 of those men being Florida residents. Florida is ranked second in the nation for new cases of prostate cancer, and it is the number one diagnosed non-skin cancer in our state.

The Prostate Cancer Awareness Program is intended to reduce these statistics by implementing the 2000 Prostate Cancer Task Force recommendations regarding outreach and education.

Bob Samuels, FPCN Chairman and CEO, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Yussif Dokurugu FAMU Student, after passage
  The report Increasing Awareness about Prostate Cancer: Recommendations of the Florida Prostate Cancer Task Force (Chapter 98-305, Florida Statues) was submitted to Governor Bush, the Florida Legislature, and the Secretary of The Department of Health in January 2000. Co-Chairing the Committee was Dr. Mark S. Soloway, Chief of Urology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Bob Samuels, Chairman and CEO of the FPCN. Specific recommendations included $1 million per year being appropriated for a community-based statewide educational campaign to be coordinated by the Department of Health.
  Samuels, a 10-year survivor of prostate cancer says, “It has been a long struggle, but I am happy that Florida has finally made a real commitment to try to reduce prostate cancer deaths in the state”. Samuels says he is looking forward to working with the Department of Health to implement the bill.
  FPCN is a model state coalition recognized by a number of agencies including the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.  Its programs include a speakers’ bureau; counseling referral program and peer counselor network; educational forums and health fairs; support groups; a newsletter and website; and active volunteer efforts.
 

For More Information Contact:
Bob Samuels, Chairman and CEO,
Florida Prostate Cancer Network
6105 Memorial Highway, Tampa FL 33615-4557
Tel: 813-806-2800
FAX: 813-806-4062