Payne, Jr. Introduces Resolution Designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced a House resolution to designate March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The resolution, H.Res.163, aims to have the House support the goals and ideals of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and encourage the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate awareness and educational activities.
“Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and treatable—but you have to catch it early,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “That’s why it’s so important for us to get the word out about this disease and make sure people are aware of the importance of screening. I’m introducing this resolution because if we can raise awareness about colorectal cancer, we can save lives.”
In 2013, Congressman Payne, Jr. led 146 of his House colleagues on a letter to President Obama requesting a proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The president issued the proclamation in 2014—the first colorectal cancer Presidential Proclamation in more than a decade. The proclamation was reissued in 2015 and 2016.