Statement on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 4, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement about March 2014 being named National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

“I am very thankful that President Barack Obama has named March 2014 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. All types of cancer continue to claim too many lives in our country and around the world. In the U.S., colorectal cancer is projected to claim 50,310 lives this year.

“Raising awareness about colorectal cancer, and providing tips on prevention and early detection are extremely meaningful actions that will help save lives. I also strongly believe that we must honor the lives that have been lost to colorectal cancer. This particular disease hits home for my family. My daughter-in-law passed away after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Many families, like mine, have felt this type of pain. With efforts to raise awareness throughout this month I believe that fewer people and their families will have to suffer from colorectal cancer in the future.”