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S.Res. 269: A resolution designating September 2017 as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”.

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2017 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).



1st Session

S. RES. 269


September 27, 2017

(for Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Booker, Mr. Blunt, and Mr. Coons)) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


Designating September 2017 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Whereas over 2,900,000 families in the United States live with prostate cancer;

Whereas 1 in 7 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes;

Whereas prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed nonskin cancer and the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States;

Whereas the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, 161,360 men will be diagnosed with, and more than 26,730 men will die of, prostate cancer;

Whereas 43 percent of newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases occur in men under the age of 65;

Whereas the odds of developing prostate cancer rise rapidly after age 50;

Whereas African-American men suffer from a prostate cancer incidence rate that is significantly higher than that of White men and have double the prostate cancer mortality rate than that of White men;

Whereas having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles the risk of a man developing prostate cancer, with a higher risk for men who have a brother with the disease and the highest risk for men with several affected relatives;

Whereas screening by a digital rectal examination and a prostate-specific antigen blood test can detect the disease at the earlier, more treatable stages, which could increase the chances of survival for more than 5 years to nearly 100 percent;

Whereas only 29 percent of men survive more than 5 years if diagnosed with prostate cancer after the cancer has metastasized;

Whereas there are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer in the early stages, making appropriate screening critical;

Whereas, in fiscal year 2017, the Director of the National Institutes of Health supported approximately $274,000,000 in research projects focused specifically on prostate cancer;

Whereas ongoing research promises further improvements in prostate cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment; and

Whereas educating people in the United States, including health care providers, about prostate cancer and early detection strategies is crucial to saving the lives of men and preserving and protecting families: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—


designates September 2017 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month;


declares that steps should be taken—


to raise awareness about the importance of screening methods for, and treatment of, prostate cancer;


to encourage research—


to improve screening and treatment for prostate cancer;


to discover the causes of prostate cancer; and


to develop a cure for prostate cancer; and


to continue to consider ways to improve access to, and the quality of, health care services for detecting and treating prostate cancer; and


calls on the people of the United States, interest groups, and affected persons—


to promote awareness of prostate cancer;


to take an active role in the fight to end the devastating effects of prostate cancer on individuals, families, and the economy; and


to observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.