Payne, Lance, and Colleagues Introduce Resolution Designating March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 2, 2016 Issues: Health Care
Payne, Lance, and Colleagues Introduce Resolution Designating March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7), and colleagues introduced a House resolution (H.Res.630) to designate March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The resolution 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.

“I’m proud to introduce this resolution to designate March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Today and every day, colorectal cancer survivors, their families, and advocacy groups deserve to be honored for their contributions to fighting this disease,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “While colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, it remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The truth is that many lives can be saved—both women and men—if people receive preventative cancer screenings, and they don’t wait too late in life before seeing their doctor.”

“Today I am proud to join my colleague Congressman Payne in introducing this resolution designating March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” said Congressman Lance.  “Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable, but knowledge is key and that’s why we are working in a bipartisan fashion in Congress to raise awareness and push for new cures for colorectal cancer.”

Payne, Jr. and Lance were joined on the resolution by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Betty McCollum (D-MN).

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 now in 2016.

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