Prostate Cancer Research

December 1, 2000

A second omnibus health-care bill-this one called the Public Health Improvement Act (H.R. 2498)-was passed quietly at the end of the 2000 session, with a prostate cancer section included. That section was originally a free-standing bill called

A second omnibus health-care bill—this one called the Public Health ImprovementAct (H.R. 2498)—was passed quietly at the end of the 2000 session, with aprostate cancer section included. That section was originally a free-standingbill called the Prostate Cancer Research and Prevention Act (S. 1243). Sponsoredby Sen. Bill Frist, md (R-Tenn.), the legislation instructs the CDC toinaugurate a grant program aimed at finding out how men and their physiciansdecide whether prostate cancer screening is appropriate for them. In the future,there could be grants for screening of low-income men.