R 103
2001-H 6248
Enacted 3/21/2001

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Introduced By:  Representatives Ginaitt, Naughton, Thompson, Rabideau and Cambio Date Introduced:  March 21, 2001

WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States; and

WHEREAS, It is estimated that in the year 2001, physicians will diagnose over 130,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States; and

WHEREAS, In the year 2001, the disease is expected to kill an estimated 60,000 individuals in this country; and

WHEREAS, Less than 50 percent of individuals above age 50 receive annual screenings for colorectal cancer; and

WHEREAS, Adopting a healthy diet at a young age can significantly reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer; and

WHEREAS, March is also designated as National Nutrition Awareness Month and the prevention of colorectal cancer is highly dependent on dietary factors; and

WHEREAS, Regular screenings can save large numbers of lives; and

WHEREAS, Education can help inform the public of methods of prevention and symptoms of early detection; and

WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Health should coordinate an aggressive education program around colorectal cancer in conjunction with the medical community and the American Cancer Society; now therefor be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of March as "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month" in Rhode Island; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Cancer Society.

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