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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 21, 2021 05:11 PM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution designating the month of “September 2021 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania
I will be introducing a resolution designating the month of “September 2021 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
An estimated 1,519,907people in the US are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. New cases of blood cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma) are expected to account for 9.8 percent of the estimated 1,898,160 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2021. An estimated combined total of 186,400 people in the US are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer in 2021.
Every nine minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents approximately 158 people each day or more than six people every hour. Leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are expected to cause the deaths of an estimated 57,750 Americans in 2021.
The global COVID-19 pandemic magnified the issues blood cancer patients face beyond health concerns, including added distress, new financial worries, loneliness, and uncertainty.  Labs around the world were closed during the pandemic and research was stalled temporarily.
Pennsylvania is committed to the eradication of blood cancer and supports the treatment of blood cancer patients and their families and encourages private efforts to enhance research funding and education programs that are saving lives.
I hope that you will join me in cosponsoring this resolution designating “September 2021 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. 

Introduced as SR187