Men's Health Act of 2001 (Introduced in the House)



1st Session

H. R. 632

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Men's Health.


February 14, 2001

Mr. CUNNINGHAM (for himself, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. BOEHLERT, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. HILLIARD, Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. SCHAFFER, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. FRANK, Mr. MCNULTY, Ms. LEE, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. PASTOR, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. SESSIONS, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Mr. PRICE of North Carolina, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. KING, Mr. ISSA, Mr. PICKERING, Mr. WEINER, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. WATTS of Oklahoma, Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. SPENCE, Mr. MCKEON, Mr. WAMP, Mrs. WILSON, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. ISTOOK, Mr. RUSH, Mr. HORN, Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN, Mr. SKELTON, Mr. LEWIS of California, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, and Mr. ANDREWS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Men's Health.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Men's Health Act of 2001'.


The Congress finds as follows:

(1) A silent health crisis is affecting the health and well-being of America's men.

(2) While this health crisis is of particular concern to men, it is also a concern for women regarding their fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers.

(3) Men's health is a concern for employers who pay the costs of medical care, and lose productive employees.

(4) Men's health is a concern to Federal and State governments which absorb the enormous costs of premature death and disability, including the costs of caring for dependents left behind.

(5) The life expectancy gap between men and women has increased from one year in 1920 to almost six years in 1998.

(6) Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States among men, accounting for 36 percent of all cancer cases.

(7) An estimated 180,000 men will be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, and 37,000 will die.

(8) Prostate cancer rates increase sharply with age, and more than 75 percent of such cases are diagnosed in men age 65 and older.

(9) The incidence of prostate cancer and the resulting mortality rate in African American men is twice that in white men.

(10) An estimated 7,200 men, ages 15 to 40, will be diagnosed this year with testicular cancer, and 400 of these men will die of this disease in 2001. A common reason for delay in treatment of this disease is a delay in seeking medical attention after discovering a testicular mass.

(11) Studies show that men are at least 25 percent less likely than women to visit a doctor, and are significantly less likely to have regular physician check-ups and obtain preventive screening tests for serious diseases.

(12) Appropriate use of tests such as prostate specific antigen (PSA) exams and blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol screens, in conjunction with clinical exams and self-testing, can result in the early detection of many problems and in increased survival rates.

(13) Educating men, their families, and health care providers about the importance of early detection of male health problems can result in reducing rates of mortality for male-specific diseases, as well as improve the health of America's men and its overall economic well-being.

(14) Recent scientific studies have shown that regular medical exams, preventive screenings, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits can help save lives.

(15) Establishing an Office of Men's Health is needed to investigate these findings and take such further actions as may be needed to promote men's health.


(a) IN GENERAL- Title XVII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300u et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following section:


`SEC. 1711. The Secretary shall establish within the Department of Health and Human Services an office to be known as the Office of Men's Health, which shall be headed by a director appointed by the Secretary. The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Office, shall coordinate and promote the status of men's health in the United States.'.

(b) REPORT- Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Office of Men's Health, shall submit to the Congress a report describing the activities of such Office, including findings that the Director has made regarding men's health.