Governor Wolf Signs Bill Aimed at Increasing Public Awareness of Prostate Cancer

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf ceremoniously signed SB 609, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch. This bill creates greater public awareness of measures available to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions.“As many of you know, earlier this week I underwent an outpatient procedure to treat my prostate cancer. My case was diagnosed early,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Fortunately, that early detection allowed me to have the opportunity to make decisions and schedule an effective treatment. My case was diagnosed as a result of a routine checkup, which is why SB 609 is an extremely important bill”The legislation directs the Department of Health to establish a 19-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendations. It creates greater public awareness of the measures available to detect, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions and directs the Department of Health to establish a 19-member task force on prostate cancer and related chronic prostate conditions to investigate and make recommendationsIt will help medical professionals, insurers, patients, governmental agencies, and patients have accurate knowledge about screening, diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer.“Legislation that I sponsored, now Act 66 of November 2015, established a Prostate Cancer Task Force with the purpose of investigating, raising awareness and making recommendations concerning prostate cancer and prostate cancer related conditions,” said Senator Mensch.  “The findings of this task force will be invaluable to the health of all men and can be a model for other states. We need to take these recommendations from the task force and act on them to further help those suffering with this terrible disease.”“I am very thankful that my doctors caught my cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues while serving the people of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “I want to encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and are aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”The following are current members of the task force:Sharon Sowers, Plan and Policy Development Section Chief; Pennsylvania Department of HealthPeter Speaks, Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs; Department of StateDavid Bruno, Consumer Liaison; Pennsylvania Insurance DepartmentDavid Galinsky, Chief Medical Officer; Pennsylvania Department of AgingBarry Wingard. MD, Medical Director; Office of Medical Assistance ProgramsAngelo A Baccala Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Urology; LVPG Urology, Lehigh Valley Health NetworkBenjamin Davies, MD, Associate Professor of Urology; University of Pittsburgh, School of MedicineEric Horwitz, MD, Chair, Radiation Oncology Department; Fox Chase Cancer CenterChristopher Peters, MD, Partner of Raditation Med. Associates of Scranton (RAMAS), Medical Director of NE Raditation Oncology Center, Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology, Chair of Cancer Committee Board of Directors; Northeast Radiation Oncology Center-DunmoreCharnita Ziegler-Johnson, PhD, MPH, Asst. Professor, Thomas Jefferson UniversityTheda Shaw, RN, MSN, Genitourinary Program Coordinator, Penn State Hershey Cancer InstituteJames Williams, Col. (Ret.), Chairman, PA Prostate Cancer CoalitionJerry Bortman, Survivor AdvocateAlan Schein, MD, Family member of Prostate Cancer patient Governor Wolf Signs Bill Aimed at Increasing Public Awareness of Prostate Cancer Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 16, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Use cover crops Yes or no we want to know about it

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is collaborating with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program to learn more about the use of cover crops as a conservation tool on U.S. farms.If you currently use cover crops, this is your chance to report what works and what doesn’t work.  If you do not use cover crops, you can help us understand why not and what you feel is needed to encourage adoption of this farming practice. To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Once you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Please see more information from CTIC below.CTIC is seeking farmer input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms. This survey will take 10 minutes or less and is for both farmers who use cover crops and farmers who do not use cover crops. Just a few minutes of your time will help improve cover crop programs and efforts to increase access to information and assistance.If you are a producer, please fill out the survey.  If not, feel free to forward to your contacts who either can complete the survey as a producer or further distribute the survey to producers.To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Your answers will remain completely anonymous.For 10 minutes or less, you could receive a $100 gift cardAfter completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Gift card registration takes place at a separate website to ensure that your responses to this survey remain completely anonymous.Please respond by Jan. 31, 2014, to be eligible for the gift card drawing.The survey is sponsored by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).If you have questions, please contact:Chad Watts, Conservation Technology Information Center3495 Kent Avenue, Suite J100, West Lafayette, IN 47906Phone: (574) 242-0147    Email: watts@ctic.orglast_img read more