R 158
2023 -- S 0457
Enacted 03/07/2023

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Maryellen Goodwin

Date Introduced: March 06, 2023

     WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society encourages the citizens of the State of Rhode
Island to observe March, 2023, as "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month"; and
     WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among
men and women combined in Rhode Island as well as in the United States; and
     WHEREAS, According to the American Cancer Society, in 2023 there will be an
estimated 153,020 new cases of colon and rectal cancer in the United States and 52,550 deaths
from colorectal cancer. In Rhode Island, it is estimated that there will be 470 new cases of
colorectal cancer in 2023, and 160 deaths from colorectal cancer; and
     WHEREAS, When colorectal cancer is found early, it has a survival rate of 85-95
percent, but left undetected, survival rates for colorectal cancer can plummet to 10 percent; and
     WHEREAS, There are often no symptoms of colorectal cancer, but regular screenings
can significantly reduce the number of deaths from this disease by detecting cancerous or pre-
cancerous conditions early, when treatment is most effective; and
     WHEREAS, Education can help inform the public of methods of early detection and
prevention. Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with screening tests that find and remove pre-
cancerous polyps; and
     WHEREAS, Working with the legislature, the American Cancer Society remains
committed and dedicated to informing the public about colorectal cancer prevention and
screening; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby proclaims March of
2023, as "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month"; 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 American Cancer Society, and President
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG, American College of Gastroenterology.