R 213
2020 -- S 2899
Enacted 06/18/2020

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Maryellen Goodwin
Date Introduced: June 17, 2020

     WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United
States for men and women combined; and
     WHEREAS, In 2019, more than 145,600 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal
cancer and approximately 51,000 Americans will die from it; and
     WHEREAS, Approximately 60 percent of colorectal cancer cases and 70 percent of
deaths occur in those aged 65 and older; and
     WHEREAS, Although colorectal cancer is largely preventable, one in three adults over
50 years of age are not up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening; and
     WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy allows for the detection and
removal of polyps, or abnormal growths, that could become cancerous, as well as for the early
detection of colorectal cancer when treatment can be most effective; and
     WHEREAS, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that if all precancerous
polyps were identified and removed before becoming cancerous, the number of new colorectal
cancer cases could be reduced by 76 to 90 percent; and
     WHEREAS, A colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy is a highly effective preventive
service, but for too many Americans, the screenings either aren't fully covered by their health
insurance or aren’t affordable due to high out-of-pocket costs; and
     WHEREAS, Annually, medical expenditures related to treating colorectal cancer costs
about $14 billion; and
     WHEREAS, On March 6, 2019, H.R.1570 - Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer
Screening Act of 2019, which would eliminate unexpected costs for Medicare beneficiaries when
a polyp is discovered and removed, was introduced in the United States Congress; and
     WHEREAS, If Americans received regular screenings for colorectal cancer, thousands of
deaths could be prevented each year; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby recognizes the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening and proclaims March,
2020, to be "Colorectal Cancer Screening Month"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby urges the United States Congress to support and
pass H.R.1570 - Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Cancer Action Center, and
members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation.