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Agreed to Senate (10/01/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 742


Designating September 2020 as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 1, 2020

Mr. Manchin (for himself, Mr. Hawley, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Scott of South Carolina, and Mr. Graham) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION

Designating September 2020 as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”.

    Whereas each year more than 15,700 children in the United States, and more than 300,000 children under the age of 19 globally, are diagnosed with cancer;

    Whereas every year more than 1,700 children in the United States, and 328,000 children under the age of 19 globally, lose their lives to cancer;

    Whereas childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease and the second overall leading cause of death for children in the United States;

    Whereas the 5-year survival rate for children with cancer has increased from 58 percent in the mid-1970s to 84 percent in 2020, representing significant improvement from previous decades;

    Whereas 23 of children who survive cancer will develop at least 1 chronic health condition, and 14 of all survivors will face a late-effect from treatment that could be considered severe or life-threatening;

    Whereas cancer patients face a higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) due to a weakened immune system; and

    Whereas cancer occurs regularly and randomly and spares no racial or ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates September 2020 as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”;

(2) requests that the Federal Government, States, localities, and nonprofit organizations observe the month with appropriate programs and activities, with the goal of increasing public knowledge of the risks of cancer;

(3) encourages survivors of childhood cancer to continue to receive ongoing monitoring and physical and psychosocial care throughout their adult lives;

(4) recognizes the human toll of cancer and pledges to make the prevention and cure of cancer a public health priority; and

(5) reminds the people of the United States that these children are the definition of bravery, and commends and honors their courage.


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