NO. R-187.  JOINT RESOLUTION recognizing the importance of ovarian cancer awareness.

(J.R.S.35)

Offered by:  Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator Mayo of Caledonia County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County, Senator Welch of Windsor County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, ovarian cancer attacks millions of women in the United States and is a potentially fatal disease that can be detected and successfully treated if medically diagnosed in its early stages, and

Whereas, in women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and

Whereas, early treatment for ovarian cancer results in a survival rate approaching 93 percent, and

Whereas, unfortunately, only approximately 24 percent of all ovarian cancer cases is diagnosed in the early stages, and consequently, the survival rate for ovarian cancer victims sharply plummets to a range of 35 to 47 percent, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society estimates that, annually, 25,500 new ovarian cases are reported and 14,500 women die from this disease, and

Whereas, the Vermont Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition seeks to educate women about the symptoms that whisper ovarian cancer, including bloating, frequent urination, constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue, and

Whereas, the coalition urges any woman who sustains these symptoms for more than two to three weeks to promptly have a thorough examination, and not simply a pap smear, to determine if ovarian cancer is present, and

Whereas, during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month which Governor Douglas is designating as coinciding with the month of September, the coalition has a special opportunity to promote this very important message, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of learning about ovarian cancer both during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year in order that more women will recognize the need to seek promptly medical attention if they suspect even the possibility of ovarian cancer, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Joyce J. Newton in North Fayston, the president of the Vermont Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.