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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  72

House concurrent resolution honoring cancer survivors

Offered by:  Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Gervais of Enosburg, Hudson of Lyndon, Keenan of St. Albans City, Krawczyk of Bennington, Potter of Clarendon and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, recent medical breakthroughs, in combination with an increased public awareness of steps that can be taken to reduce an individual’s risk of developing cancer and the importance of early detection, have made cancer more likely to be controllable and curable, and

Whereas, this trend has been documented by the 3,014-person reduction in the cancer death rate in 2004 as compared to 369-person reduction in 2003, and

Whereas, despite these encouraging statistics, cancer remains the leading killer among Americans under the age of 85, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society has set ambitious goals for the years between 2007 and 2015 to reduce cancer’s threat to the American public, and

Whereas, these goals, according to the American Cancer Society, include a 50-percent reduction in age-adjusted mortality rates; a 25-percent reduction in age-adjusted incidence rates, and “a measurable improvement in the quality of life (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual) from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors,” and

Whereas, public education to reduce the initial incidents of cancer has focused especially on those forms of cancer that are most susceptible through preventative measures, and

Whereas, tobacco smoking cessation and, even better, never starting to smoke at all are steps that can lessen the chances of developing lung cancer, and

Whereas, mammograms provide an excellent method to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, and prostate cancer rates can be reduced and its effects mitigated, through regular testing and prompt treatment when detected, and

Whereas, a vaccine is now available to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, and

Whereas, today, Thursday, March 15, 2007, is cancer awareness day at the state house and serves as an excellent opportunity to honor cancer survivors and their role in educating the public about this dreaded but increasingly controllable disease, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors cancer survivors and their special role as cancer educators, and be it further

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


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont