September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, and Crapo Applaud Passage of Prostate Cancer Resolution

Bipartisan bill declares September National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) applauded passage of a bipartisan Senate resolution declaring September 2020 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3.1 million American men are living with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and second-leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. 

The resolution is aimed at increasing awareness of prostate cancer, promoting early detection, and encouraging increased federal investments and research to improve treatment and discover a cure for the disease.  The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 200,000 men will be diagnosed with and over 33,000 will die from prostate cancer in 2020.  One-in-nine men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, and about 1-in-41 will die, with the mortality rate among African-American men double that of White men. 

Joining Sens. Van Hollen, Menendez, and Crapo as original cosponsors of the bill were Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Angus King (I-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). 

The full text of the resolution can be downloaded here.