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PRINTER'S NO. 4019
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
1071
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY MATZIE, MAHONEY, GIBBONS, SAINATO, BURNS,
D. COSTA, DEASY, READSHAW, KOTIK, DeLUCA, SAYLOR, HENNESSEY,
ROZZI, REGAN, YOUNGBLOOD, PICKETT, SCHLOSSBERG, DiGIROLAMO,
COHEN, TOOHIL, HEFFLEY, MURT, KIRKLAND, BIZZARRO, DRISCOLL,
BAKER, R. BROWN, LONGIETTI, COOK-ARTIS, VEREB, WATSON,
BENNINGHOFF, CALTAGIRONE, MACKENZIE, MAJOR, MILLARD, SONNEY,
DUSH, SAVAGE, KINSEY, COX, MARSICO, GODSHALL, HARHART,
GOODMAN, PAYNE, EVERETT, WARD, FABRIZIO, SCHWEYER, MARSHALL,
M. DALEY, BOBACK, ROSS, GINGRICH, McCARTER, GILLEN, MILNE AND
SCHLEGEL CULVER, OCTOBER 17, 2016
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
OCTOBER 17, 2016
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of November 2016 as "Pancreatic Cancer
Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The pancreas is a thin, pear-shaped gland behind the
stomach that plays an important role in the digestive system by
producing fluids to help break down food and hormones to control
blood sugar levels; and
WHEREAS, There are typically no symptoms during the early
stages of pancreatic cancer, and it spreads quickly throughout
the body making it difficult to detect and harder to treat in
later stages; and
WHEREAS, Symptoms that could indicate pancreatic cancer
include upper abdominal pain, weight loss, jaundice, severe
itching, digestive problems and nausea and vomiting; and
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WHEREAS, The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is yet to be
determined, however, risk factors, including genetics, age,
smoking, obesity and long-standing diabetes, may contribute to
the development of pancreatic cancer; and
WHEREAS, Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of
cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States
each year; and
WHEREAS, In 2016, an estimated 41,780 deaths and 53,070 new
cases of pancreatic cancer are expected to occur in the United
States; and
WHEREAS, Organizations such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network and the National Pancreas Foundation are committed to
helping and empowering patients suffering from pancreatic
cancer, focusing efforts on public policy, research funding,
patient services and public awareness and developing effective
treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer; and
WHEREAS, "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" is celebrated
each November to highlight awareness efforts and strengthen the
voices speaking out about pancreatic cancer; and
WHEREAS, The good health and well-being of the residents of
this Commonwealth are enhanced as a direct result of increased
awareness about pancreatic cancer and research in early
detection, causes and effective treatments; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
month of November 2016 as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" in
Pennsylvania and strongly support educational activities and
programs designed to strengthen awareness and support those
living with pancreatic cancer.
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