14-R268

2014 H 8198

Enacted 04/14/14

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

DESIGNATING THE SECOND FULL WEEK IN MAY AS "WOMEN'S LUNG HEALTH WEEK" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Introduced By: Representatives Ruggiero, Handy, Serpa, Fellela, and Hearn

Date Introduced: May 14, 2014

 

WHEREAS, Every five minutes, a woman in the United States is told she has lung cancer; and

WHEREAS, Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the United States, having surpassed breast cancer in 1987; and

WHEREAS, The lung cancer death rate in women has more than doubled over the past 35 years; and

WHEREAS, Women are disproportionally burdened with COPD compared to men in terms of illness and death; and

WHEREAS, Asthma is more common in women than men; and

WHEREAS, Advocacy and increased awareness will result in more and better treatment for women with lung cancer, COPD, asthma, and other lung diseases and will ultimately save lives; and

WHEREAS, LUNG FORCE is the new national movement, led by the American Lung Association, with the mission of making lung cancer and lung disease history and uniting women to stand together with a collective strength and determination to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby designates the second full week in May as "Women's Lung Health Week" throughout Rhode Island. During this week in 2014, the Rhode Island State House will be illuminated in turquoise to honor Women's Lung Health Week, and we encourage all the residents of the state to learn more about the detection and treatment of lung cancer and all lung disease; 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 Mr. Ed Miller, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, American Lung Association of the Northeast.

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