Payne Introduces National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Resolution

Feb 15, 2013 Issues: Health Care

"Yesterday, I introduced a resolution to designate March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I want to thank Senators Lautenberg, Menendez, and Enzi for introducing a similar resolution in the Senate.  I also want to thank the entire New Jersey Delegation and all those who signed on to this bipartisan resolution.

"This issue is very personal to me as I lost my father, the late Congressman Donald Payne Sr., to colon cancer just last March. It then became my mission to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screenings. 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.  In New Jersey alone, sixteen hundred people will die of the disease this year. African-Americans and Hispanics are at increased risk. Too many people forgo screenings because of the perceptions around testing.

"But I’m here to tell you:  Be a man – get tested.  You might just save your own life."