U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL, has introduced the resolution in the House in past years, to no avail. We’ve also tried White House petitions, but that didn’t work either. That’s why we’re focusing on the U.S. Senate this year.
We would be grateful if you would contact your U.S. senator! Here’s the suggested wording for the resolution:
A resolution declaring July to be Sarcoma Awareness Month
WHEREAS, Sarcoma is a cancer of connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles, joints, fat, bones and blood vessels, and it can arise anywhere in the body; and
WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates 13,040 cases of soft-tissue sarcoma will be diagnosed this year, with 5,150 Americans expected to die from it.
WHEREAS, 3,450 new cases of bone sarcomas are estimated for this year, with 1,590 deaths.
WHEREAS, 1 percent of the cancers diagnosed in adults and 20 percent of cancers diagnosed in children each year are sarcoma; and
WHEREAS, More than 50 subtypes of sarcomas have been identified; and
WHEREAS, Nonprofit sarcoma organizations want to raise awareness in hopes that more patients will get earlier diagnosis and treatment, and these organizations have agreed upon July as Sarcoma Awareness Month; and
WHEREAS, the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and many others recognize July as Sarcoma Awareness Month;
Be It Resolved by the U.S Senate:
That the Senate recognizes July as Sarcoma Awareness Month.