Zorn’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month resolution adopted

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan was adopted by the state Senate on Wednesday.

“Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented with timely screenings to find and remove pre-cancerous polyps,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of colorectal cancer has more than doubled among adults younger than 50 since the 1990s and younger people are dying from this disease. This rapid increase in younger adults is especially puzzling because the rate of colorectal cancer has gone down among older adults.”

During his remarks on the Senate floor, Zorn mentioned the case of a former staffer of his and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

“A few days before her 29th birthday, Bel Martin was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. She underwent multiple surgeries and 13 rounds of chemotherapy to beat the cancer,” Zorn said. “She is doing well now, but this really underscores that colorectal cancer can affect people of all ages and the importance of paying attention to the signs and symptoms of this disease.”

Senate Resolution 112 recognizes March 2022 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and urges all citizens to observe this important occasion.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. Colorectal cancer is expected to cause just over 52,000 deaths during this year. Last year, over 151,000 people were diagnosed with this disease and even more are expected to be diagnosed this year.

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Photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, urges support for his resolution to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan. During his remarks, Zorn mentioned that colorectal cancer can affect people of all ages and highlighted the importance of everyone to pay attention to the signs and symptoms of the disease.