Florida Senate - 2019                            (NP)    SR 1810
       By Senator Berman
       31-02589A-19                                          20191810__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing March 2019 as “Colorectal
    3         Cancer Awareness Month” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is currently the second leading
    6  cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and
    7  women, and
    8         WHEREAS, in 2018, approximately 140,250 people in the
    9  United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and
   10  approximately 50,630 people died from the disease, and
   11         WHEREAS, the average risk of developing colorectal cancer
   12  in one’s lifetime is 5 percent, and this risk may increase
   13  depending on age, family history, or ethnicity, and
   14         WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
   15  Prevention’s 2013 incidence report, Floridians were affected by
   16  colorectal cancer at a rate of 35.8 per 100,000, and the death
   17  rate was 13.4 per 100,000, and
   18         WHEREAS, with early detection, the 5-year survival rate for
   19  colorectal cancer is approximately 90 percent, but, even with
   20  regular screenings, only four out of ten cases are detected
   21  sufficiently early, and such factors as lack of awareness and
   22  inability to afford proper screenings often prevent detection,
   23  and
   24         WHEREAS, if colorectal cancer is discovered in later stages
   25  after it has begun to spread to other organs, the survival rate
   26  is a mere 10 percent, but this survival figure could increase if
   27  adults older than 50 years of age are regularly screened to
   28  discover the cancer in its earlier stages, and
   29         WHEREAS, increasing awareness of and education concerning
   30  colorectal cancer leads to significant progress in both
   31  preventing and overcoming the disease, as the majority of cases
   32  have proven to be both treatable and survivable, NOW, THEREFORE,
   34  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   36         That March 2019 is recognized as “Colorectal Cancer
   37  Awareness Month” in Florida.