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S.Res. 510 - Expressing support for the designation of the month of May 2018 as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”.
Bill Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2683; text: CR S2682)
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2d Session
S. RES. 510

    Expressing support for the designation of the month of May 2018 as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”.


May 15, 2018

    Mr. Menendez (for himself and Mr. Isakson) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


    Expressing support for the designation of the month of May 2018 as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”.

    Whereas more than 700,000 people in the United States live with bladder cancer;

    Whereas more than 81,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with bladder cancer and more than 17,000 will die due to the disease in 2018 alone;

    Whereas bladder cancer affects people of all ages and backgrounds and is among the top 10 cancers with the highest incidence rates in the United States;

    Whereas bladder cancer is known as one of the most expensive cancers to treat on a per patient basis, with a recurrence rate of approximately 50 to 80 percent, requiring lifelong surveillance;

    Whereas bladder cancer symptoms, such as blood in the urine, are easily recognized, however, many are unaware of the threat of bladder cancer, often prolonging the time to diagnosis;

    Whereas, if diagnosed early, bladder cancer is treatable;

    Whereas military veterans are twice as likely as nonveterans to be diagnosed with bladder cancer;

    Whereas women are often diagnosed at a later stage in the development of bladder cancer, and when diagnosed at the same stage as men, women have a worse prognosis;

    Whereas, if diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the life expectancy of an individual with bladder cancer decreases;

    Whereas the quality of life of a person with bladder cancer will depend on future treatment and diagnosis developments, which will rely on research advancements;

    Whereas research advancements for bladder cancer are limited by a lack of awareness about the disease within the medical community and the general public;

    Whereas increased awareness of bladder cancer will promote early diagnosis and increase the chances of survival;

    Whereas increased awareness of bladder cancer will bolster public support of the disease and thus increase funding for innovative research and the development of new treatment options and diagnostic tools;

    Whereas, traditionally, on the first Saturday in May each year, survivors, caregivers, and loved ones walk together throughout the United States to raise awareness of bladder cancer;

    Whereas the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network and its community of patients, caregivers, and specialists seek—

    (1) to foster a community of hope and support;

    (2) to fund and conduct research for innovative treatments and diagnostic tools; and

    (3) to increase public awareness and understanding of bladder cancer; and

    Whereas May would be an appropriate month to designate as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) supports the designation of May 2018 as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”;

(2) supports the goals and ideals of National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month; and

(3) calls on the people of the United States, interested groups, and affected persons—

(A) to promote awareness of bladder cancer and to foster understanding of the impact of the disease on patients and their families and caregivers;

(B) to take an active role in the fight to end bladder cancer; and

(C) to observe National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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