14-R186

2014 H 8040

Enacted 04/09/14

H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2014, TO BE "ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Introduced By: Representative Patricia A.Serpa

Date Introduced: April 09, 2014

 

WHEREAS, The purpose of recognizing the month of April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness, promote education, and encourage research of esophageal cancer in the hope of discovering a cure; and

WHEREAS, Esophageal adenocarcinoma is the fastest growing cancer in the western world, where it has increased more than 500 percent in the past 30 years; and

WHEREAS, There are no known underlying causes for esophageal cancer, just risk factors; and

WHEREAS, Many people die of esophageal cancer within the first year of noticing symptoms; and

WHEREAS, Patients whose esophageal cancer has spread only receive treatment towards relieving symptoms, not towards curing the cancer; and

WHEREAS, Survivors of esophageal cancer often suffer a lower quality of life after surgery; and

WHEREAS, Almost all cases of esophageal cancer are fatal, making it one of the deadliest of all cancers; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby joins the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation in recognizing the Month of April as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in the state; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Linda M. Molfesi, President of the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.

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