March 21, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 49 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH 2017 AS ``NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH''; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 49
(Senate - March 21, 2017)
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[Page S1897] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH 2017 AS ``NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH'' On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Senate adopted S. Res. 89, with its preamble, as follows: S. Res. 89 Whereas colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States; Whereas, in 2017, more than 135,430 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 50,260 more will die from it; 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 treatment works best; Whereas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 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 education campaigns on colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and symptoms are held during the month of March each year; and Whereas educational efforts can help provide to the public information on methods of prevention and screening, as well as symptoms for early detection: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) supports-- (A) the designation of March 2017 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. ____________________