WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan congressional resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in recognition of September 2017 as National Prostate Awareness Month passed the United States Senate unanimously yesterday evening. The resolution is aimed at increasing awareness of prostate cancer, which remains the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States, and encourages all Americans to take part in efforts to increase early detection, improve treatment, and discover a cure for the disease.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed across the United States in 2017 – claiming the lives of approximately 26,730 men. Joining Senators Menendez and Crapo as original cosponsors of S. Res. 269 were Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
“One in seven American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, and many people are unaware that this disease impacts men of all ages,” said Senator Menendez. “Congress has a responsibility to promote awareness and encourage men across America, who too often put their health care on the backburner, to speak to their providers about their prostate health. The United States has the highest rates of prostate cancer survival in the world – but early detection is essential to survival."
“With prostate cancer accounting for nearly 10 percent of all cancer occurrences and as the third-leading cause of male related cancer deaths in the U.S., it is imperative that we make awareness and research a priority,” said Senator Crapo. “Appropriate screenings and medical research today will yield fewer diagnoses and greater cures and therapies for patients tomorrow.”
“A man dies every 20 minutes from prostate cancer, but awareness saves lives,” said Jamie Bearse, CEO and President of ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer. “Nearly 99 percent of men survive when prostate cancer is caught early. We must work together to forge a national dialogue for men and families to better understand their risk, get tested, and support groundbreaking research.”
The resolution is available here.