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Make Prostate Cancer Screening Affordable

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These are the facts about prostate cancer.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) urges Congress to ensure Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage for prostate cancer screening support services for high-risk men.

Make Prostate Cancer Screening Affordable

Second Most Common

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.

11.2%

Men in the
United States have an 11.2% lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

70% Greater Risk

African American men carry a 70% greater risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer as compared to white men.

161,360

In 2017,
161,360 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States.

Twice as Likely

African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as compared to white men.

These are the Recommendation Ratings provided by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Prostate cancer screening has a "C" rating.

Offer or provide this service.

Offer or provide this service.

Offer or provide this service for
selected patients  depending on
individual circumstances.

Discourage the use of this service.

A

B

D

C

Uncertainty regarding benefits and harms.

I

This is why a "C" rating is problematic.

Recommendations that are given a "C" rating or lower are less likely to be reimbursed by insurance plans.

Coverage

High-risk groups, including African American men and men with family history, are less likely to get screened.

Equity

For some patients, preventative treatments and counseling are limited due to lack of insurance coverage.

Limitations

Screening and disease counseling are complex matters that are made more difficult by lack of coverage.

Complexity

This is what the Society of Behavioral Medicine recommends.

Reimburse  patients regardless of rating.

For policy makers!

Address inequities for high-risk groups, including African Americans.

Expand coverage to support patient navigators.

Expand coverage to support training of health care providers.

@BehavioralMed

@SocietyOfBehavioralMedicine

Read the brief.