R 123
2016 -- S 2779
Enacted 03/22/2016

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Nesselbush, Paiva Weed, Goodwin, Ruggerio, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: March 22, 2016

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island Colorectal Cancer Week has been organized to occur within
the Nationally Observed Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month of March, which is a global
campaign to increase public awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening; and
     WHEREAS, Care New England and presenting sponsor Women and Infants' Center for
Women's Gastrointestinal Health, along with the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island
will be presenting colorectal cancer education and awareness events in order to increase
colorectal cancer screening rates and decrease the burden of colorectal cancer for Rhode
Islanders; and
     WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United
States and affects significant suffering in thousands of Rhode Island adults. It can often be
prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps; and
     WHEREAS, One in three adults, about 23 million people, are not getting tested, and
significant disparities in screening do exist; and
     WHEREAS, Regular screenings can significantly reduce the number of deaths from
colorectal cancer by detecting cancerous or other conditions early when treatment is most
effective; and
     WHEREAS, Education and awareness efforts inform the public and help increase the use
of screening tests that may prevent colorectal cancer; and
     WHEREAS, Working with the Legislature to establish the Rhode Island Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Week is a collaborative effort that will not only help to focus awareness about
the importance of colorectal cancer screening, but will help decrease barriers to screening and
ease the burden of suffering caused by this disease in our state; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims March 22nd through 29th as the first annual "Rhode Island Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Week." We furthermore encourage all Rhode Islanders to participate in the week-long
planned activities; 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 Christy L Dibble, DO Director, Women and
Infants Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health.