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H.J.R. 3 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO INCREASE

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AND IMPROVE CANCER TREATMENT,

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SCREENING, AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS

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2009 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Susan Duckworth

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Senate Sponsor: Karen Mayne

             8      Cosponsors:
             9      Trisha S. Beck
             10      Jackie Biskupski
             11      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             12      Tim M. Cosgrove
             13      Janice M. Fisher
             14      Francis D. Gibson
             15      Kerry W. Gibson
             16      James R. GowansNeil A. Hansen
Lynn N. Hemingway
Eric K. Hutchings
Christine A. Johnson
Brian S. King
David Litvack
John G. Mathis
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Carol Spackman MossPaul Ray
Phil Riesen
F. Jay Seegmiller
Jennifer M. Seelig
Christine F. Watkins
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley
Carl Wimmer              17     
             18      LONG TITLE
             19      General Description:
             20          This resolution of the Legislature expresses support for public and private efforts to
             21      increase and improve cancer treatment, screening, and research programs.
             22      Highlighted Provisions:
             23          This resolution:
             24          .    recognizes that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States;
             25          .    recognizes that cancer treatment, screening, and research programs reduce cancer
             26      deaths and can help prevent cancer;
             27          .    recognizes the need for private and public support of cancer treatment, screening,
             28      and research programs in Utah; and
             29          .    recognizes the importance of cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship
             30      programs, expanding access to services and programs, and public and private
             31      funding for cancer research.


             32      Special Clauses:
             33          None
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             35      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          WHEREAS, cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in both men and women in
             37      the United States;
             38          WHEREAS, it is estimated that in 2009 nearly 8,000 Utahns will be diagnosed with
             39      some form of cancer;
             40          WHEREAS, it is estimated that in 2009 nearly 3,000 Utahns will die from cancer;
             41          WHEREAS, the cost of cancer to Utah and its citizens exceeds $150,000,000 each
             42      year;
             43          WHEREAS, treatment to cure or control cancer is essential in reducing the burden of
             44      cancer;
             45          WHEREAS, nearly 14% of Utahns are uninsured and unable to acquire adequate
             46      cancer treatment;
             47          WHEREAS, the Utah Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, developed by the Utah
             48      Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network with the encouragement of the
             49      Utah Legislature, seeks to aid Utahns in getting the information they need to overcome their
             50      challenges with cancer;
             51          WHEREAS, Utah has some of the lowest cancer screening rates in the nation and
             52      subsequently some of the highest rates of cancer diagnosed at late stage; and
             53          WHEREAS, a number of opportunities for cancer research remain unfunded or
             54      underfunded:
             55          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             56      expresses appreciation to all Utahns in the public and private sectors involved in cancer
             57      treatment, screening, and research programs.
             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recognizes the need for and
             59      expresses support of public and private efforts to increase and improve cancer treatment,


             60      screening, and research efforts.
             61          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recognizes the importance of
             62      cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship programs, expanding access to cancer care
             63      services and programs, and public and private funding for cancer research.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each of Utah's
             65      cancer treatment and research centers, the Utah Cancer Control Program of the Utah
             66      Department of Health, the Utah Cancer Action Network, and the American Cancer Society.


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