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Supporting Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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SUPPORTING COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)

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Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in proud support of H. Con. Res. 60, sponsored by Representative Granger from the State of Texas. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and we need to do more and move in a direction that ends societal taboos that are associated with the screening process of a disease that is a threat to many Americans, and especially to those over the age of 50.

This is the second-to-last day for the month of March, but the need for colorectal cancer awareness and education should continue throughout the entire year. Awareness is a leading cause in the annual decline in deaths from colorectal cancer. The survival rate of individuals who have colorectal cancer is 90 percent when detected in the early stages versus only a 10 percent survival rate when colorectal cancer is diagnosed after it has spread to other organs. It is because of successful programs such as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month that encourage early diagnosis so Americans can lead full and active lives. By supporting the observance of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we have the opportunity to encourage men and women to educate themselves about the disease and the screening methods that are used.

Mr. Speaker, I urge Members to support this resolution.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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