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NO. R-117. JOINT RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO INCREASE THE FEDERAL APPROPRIATION FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH.

(J.R.H. 94)

Offered by: Representative Krasnow of Charlotte.

Whereas, pancreatic cancer is a painful and stealthlike disease that, unlike other forms of cancer, is usually not detectable in its early stages, and

Whereas, during 1998, approximately 27,000 individuals in the United States were diagnosed as victims of this largely incurable disease, and

Whereas, once pancreatic cancer has been diagnosed, the average life expectancy is only three months, and

Whereas, unfortunately, at an expenditure rate of $305.00 per fatality, the funding for pancreatic cancer research and treatment is minuscule in comparison to other forms of cancer, and

Whereas, the development of more effective detection and treatment methods of pancreatic cancer will necessitate a significant increase in the annual amount of research funding, and

Whereas, efforts to educate Americans concerning this urgent financial need are being addressed by a national campaign to have all 50 state governors proclaim November as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month," and

Whereas, Governor Howard Dean has proclaimed November as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the United States Congress to increase the funding available through the National Institute of Cancer for pancreatic cancer research, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.