CSHCR 1(HSS): Proclaiming November 2011 to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

00 CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1(HSS) 01 Proclaiming November 2011 to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS an estimated 43,140 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 04 the United States in 2010, and an estimated 36,800 of those will die from the disease; and 05 WHEREAS, as the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, 06 pancreatic cancer ranks as one of the nation's deadliest cancers; and 07 WHEREAS, by the time symptoms of pancreatic cancer first appear, it is usually too 08 late for an optimistic prognosis; and 09 WHEREAS 75 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within a year after diagnosis, 10 and 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years after diagnosis; and 11 WHEREAS the incidence of pancreatic cancer is approximately 50 percent higher in 12 African-Americans than in other ethnic groups; and 13 WHEREAS the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics reported 158 deaths from pancreatic 14 cancer in Alaska during the period 2006 - 2008; and 15 WHEREAS a cure for pancreatic cancer has not yet been found, and survival rates 16 have not improved substantially in the last 40 years; and

01 WHEREAS smoking, obesity, family history of the disease, and diabetes are the 02 leading known risk factors for pancreatic cancer; and 03 WHEREAS the federal government invests significantly less money in pancreatic 04 cancer research than it does in research on other forms of cancer that rank among the leading 05 causes of death by cancer; and 06 WHEREAS pancreatic cancer research funding constitutes only two percent of the 07 National Cancer Institute's federal research funding--an amount far too low, given the severity 08 of the disease, the mortality rate, and how little is known about how to arrest the disease; and 09 WHEREAS the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, as the first and only national 10 patient advocacy organization to serve the pancreatic cancer community in the state and 11 nationwide, focuses its efforts on public policy, research funding, patient services, and public 12 awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and finding a cure for 13 pancreatic cancer; and 14 WHEREAS the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, including its affiliates in the 15 state, supports patients who are battling pancreatic cancer, honors those who have lost their 16 lives to the disease, and continues to pursue its commitment to finding and developing a cure 17 for pancreatic cancer; and 18 WHEREAS expanded research into locating the disease's causes, enhancing early 19 detection, and developing effective treatments will increase awareness of and knowledge 20 about pancreatic cancer among Alaskans and directly enhance the good health and well-being 21 of the state's residents; 22 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims November 2011 to be 23 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.