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S.Res. 105: A resolution supporting the designation of March 2019 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Mar 12, 2019 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


III

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 105

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 12, 2019

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

RESOLUTION

Supporting the designation of March 2019 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Whereas colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States;

Whereas, in 2019, it is estimated that 145,600 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 51,020 individuals will die from the disease;

Whereas colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer because screening tests can find polyps that can be removed before becoming cancerous;

Whereas screening tests can detect colorectal cancer early, which is when the disease is most treatable;

Whereas the Secretary of Health and Human Services estimates that if every individual who is 50 years of age or older had regular screening tests, as many as 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented;

Whereas the 5-year survival rate for patients with localized colorectal cancer is 90 percent, but only 39 percent of all diagnoses occur at that stage;

Whereas colorectal cancer screenings can effectively reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer and mortality, but approximately 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years of age are not up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening;

Whereas public awareness and educational campaigns on colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and symptoms are held during the month of March each year; and

Whereas educational efforts can help provide information to the public on methods of prevention and screening and symptoms for early detection of colorectal cancer: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

supports—

(A)

the designation of March 2019 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; and

(B)

the goals and ideals of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; and

(2)

encourages the people of the United States to observe National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with appropriate awareness and educational activities.