Representative Albert Wynn (D-MD) along with his colleague Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives March 31st, regarding the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Resolution (H. Con. Res. 302).
Representative Wynn, one of the lead sponsors of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act (HR 1738), recognized C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition for all of our hard work in bringing awareness here in DC, and all over the country, to the need for change in current colorectal cancer policy (or lack there of).
“This tragedy disproportionately affects minorities, particularly African Americans, who are less likely to have health insurance or see a doctor on a regular basis”, said Wynn. “As a result, African Americans are diagnosed later and are 40% more likely to die from the disease.”
Along with Representative Wynn, Kay Granger (R-TX) has taken a strong position on colorectal cancer. Ms. Granger, who was unable to attend the floor debate, had this to say; “I hope that passage of this resolution will help increase awareness of the importance of early detection and screening in combating colorectal cancer. Screenings are easy to do and could save hundreds of thousands of lives if people took advantage of them.” Granger who is the Republican lead on HR 1738 added, “When there is an opportunity to address problems with common sense solutions, we should. And that is what I will continue to do,”
C3 would like thank Representatives Wynn, Granger and Kennedy for all of their hard work on this issue.