Payne, Jr. Introduces Resolution Designating March 2018 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 1, 2018 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced a House resolution to designate March 2018 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer kills more than 50,000 people in the United States each year. It often has no warning signs.

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death for men and women combined, but it is  preventable with regular screening and treatable if caught early,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is so important because it helps educate the public about the importance of screening and treatment. By raising awareness, 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.