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NO. R-32. JOINT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 2001 AS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN VERMONT.

(J.R.S.17)

Offered by: Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Whereas, ovarian cancer is a potentially fatal disease that attacks millions of women in the United States 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 are 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, an Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month will afford the coalition 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 designates September 2001 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Vermont in order that more women will recognize the need to promptly seek 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.