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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 7, 2014 03:53 PM
From: Representative Donna Oberlander
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsor Request for "Esophageal Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month" in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating April 2014 as “Esophageal Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month” in Pennsylvania

Esophageal cancer, often not detected until the later stages, is one of the deadliest cancers with fewer than one in five patients surviving five years after diagnosis. Although many people with esophageal cancer will go on to die from this disease, research has helped to identify and improve treatment and survival rates are getting better.

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common causes of esophageal cancer. However, with monitoring and treatment of GERD, the potential for long term damage leading to esophageal cancer can be avoided.

For these reasons, it is so very important that we help to increase awareness of this deadly disease. I would welcome your help in doing this. Please consider cosponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR726