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ACR-26 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 26

Relative to Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  April 16, 2013. ]


ACR 26, Wilk. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
This measure would designate the month of March 2013 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in California, with 14,115 new cases and 5,135 deaths expected in 2013; and
WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is treatable, curable, and in many cases, completely preventable; and
WHEREAS, When colorectal cancers are detected at an early stage, survival is 94 percent; and
WHEREAS, There were approximately one million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States in 2002; and
WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer is known as a silent killer because symptoms only show up in the later stages of the disease; and
WHEREAS, With proper screening, colorectal cancer can be prevented or, if found early, treated and cured; and
WHEREAS, In 2005, only 56 percent of the population in California had received colorectal cancer screening according to the guidelines; and
WHEREAS, According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, access to appropriate use of colorectal cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and fecal occult blood test (FOBT)/fecal immunochemical test (FIT), could reduce death rates of colon cancer up to 66 percent; and
WHEREAS, According to the American Cancer Society, in 2010, only about 43 percent of colorectal cancers were diagnosed at an early, more treatable and curable stage; and
WHEREAS, The uninsured, underinsured, and underserved are least likely to get screening for colorectal cancer, which means they are more likely to be diagnosed at a late stage when chances of survival drop to 13 percent; and
WHEREAS, Colorectal cancer screening is one of the most cost-effective prevention measures in health care, more cost-effective than breast or prostate cancer screening; and
WHEREAS, African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups in this country; and
WHEREAS, In California, colorectal cancer is the most common cancer among Korean men, the second most common cancer among Hispanic and Japanese men, and the second most common cancer among Chinese, Filipino, Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, South Asian, and Kampuchean women; and
WHEREAS, The California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) is a nonprofit organization established to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in an effort to decrease mortality associated with the disease, and implement strategies to reduce disparities in colorectal cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment among underserved populations in California; and
WHEREAS, The California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) encourages Californians to discuss the colorectal cancer screening test that is best for them with their doctors and believes that the best test is the one you have done; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature designates the months of March 2013 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.