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NO. R-136.  JOINT RESOLUTION designating March as colon cancer month.


Offered by:  Representative Miller of Elmore.

Whereas, in 2005, 359 Vermonters will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 134 will die of this disease, and

Whereas, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in this country, and

Whereas, early detection and removal of polyps through regular screening could spare as many as one-third of those lives, and

Whereas, only 54 percent of men and women 50 years of age and older in our state are being screened with a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy in accordance with nationally accepted guidelines, and

Whereas, the five-year survival rate for those who detect their colon cancer early is 90 percent, but only 39 percent of colon cancers are diagnosed at this stage, and

Whereas, undergoing a colonoscopy every ten years can lead to the removal of polyps before they become cancer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly encourages all Vermonters over the age of 50 to consult their health care providers about the risks of colon cancer and whether they should undergo cancer screening, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly designates March as Colon Cancer Month, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the American Cancer Society in Williston.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont