|Posted:||January 30, 2017 02:50 PM|
|From:||Representative Robert Freeman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Recognizing May as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month|
|In the near future, I intend to introduce a resolution that would recognize May 2017 as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
Bladder cancer affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Specifically in Pennsylvania, it is estimated that 4,190 people will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017. Moreover, in 2016, Pennsylvania was ranked as the 5th highest state in the United States with new cases of bladder cancer being diagnosed. While bladder cancer is treatable if diagnosed early, it can be one of the most expensive cancers to treat on a per patient basis. However, the longer diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the life expectancy of an individual with bladder cancer decreases. I believe that increased awareness will promote early diagnosis, increase chances of survival, and bolster public support of treating the disease to ultimately increase funding for innovative research and the development of additional treatment options.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.
If you have any questions regarding this resolution, please contact Brianna Medevich in my office at 783-3815.
Introduced as HR241