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S.Res. 655 (111th): A resolution designating November 2010 as “Stomach Cancer Awareness Month” and supporting efforts to educate the public about stomach cancer.

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2010 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


III

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 655

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 28, 2010

(for himself and Mr. Durbin) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating November 2010 as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and supporting efforts to educate the public about stomach cancer.

Whereas stomach cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and treat in the early stages of the disease, which contributes to high mortality rates and human suffering;

Whereas stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide;

Whereas, in 2009, an estimated 21,000 new cases of stomach cancer were diagnosed in the United States;

Whereas, in 2010, an estimated 10,000 Americans will die from stomach cancer;

Whereas the estimated 5-year survival rate for stomach cancer is only 26 percent;

Whereas approximately 1 in 113 individuals will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetimes;

Whereas an inherited form of stomach cancer carries a 67 to 83 percent risk that an individual will be diagnosed with stomach cancer by age 80;

Whereas, in the United States, stomach cancer is more prevalent among racial and ethnic minorities;

Whereas better patient and health care provider education is needed for the timely recognition of stomach cancer risks and symptoms;

Whereas more research into effective early diagnosis, screening, and treatment for stomach cancer is needed; and

Whereas November 2010 is an appropriate month to observe Stomach Cancer Awareness Month: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

designates November 2010 as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month;

(2)

supports efforts to educate the people of the United States about stomach cancer;

(3)

recognizes the need for additional research into early diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer; and

(4)

encourages the people of the United States and interested groups to observe and support November 2010 as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month through appropriate programs and activities to promote public awareness of, and potential treatments for, stomach cancer.