R 244
2017 -- S 0871
Enacted 05/11/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goodwin, Satchell, Lombardi, Metts, and Felag
Date Introduced: May 11, 2017

     WHEREAS, Skin cancer is a serious problem for people who spend significant time in
the sun outdoors and/or from ultraviolet light from tanning beds; and
     WHEREAS, Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and the second most
common form of cancer for young adults age 15-29; and
     WHEREAS, Melanoma accounts for 5 percent of all skin cancers and for 71 percent of
all skin cancer deaths; and
     WHEREAS, Melanoma treatment costs approximately $3.3 billion annually in the United
States. Advocacy, increased awareness, and screening will result in meaningful reduction of the
burden of melanoma; and
     WHEREAS, Melanoma rates have doubled in Rhode Island since 1991; and
     WHEREAS, Members of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island are
diligently working to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, to promote safe sun
behaviors, to recognize and treat melanoma as early as possible, when it is still curable, and to
accomplish the objectives within the 2013-2018 Rhode Island Cancer Prevention and Control
Plan; and
     WHEREAS, Across the country, the month of May is designated as National Melanoma
Awareness Month; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorating May, 2017, as "National Melanoma Awareness Month" and encourages
all residents to learn more about the prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers; and be it
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit two duly certified copies of this resolution to David Rousseau, Chair, Partnership to
Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island.