The United States Senate has passed a resolution designating November as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. The resolution was introduced and presented by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and co-sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
“Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide,” said Karen Chelcun Schreiber, president of the board of directors of No Stomach For Cancer, Inc., a nonprofit organization that was founded by the Chelcun family after suffering several losses from stomach cancer. The family discovered that they had a rare genetic trait that predisposed them to a deadly type of the disease.
No Stomach For Cancer spearheaded the effort to get the resolution passed. “In 2010 alone over 10,000 Americans will lose their life to this cruel disease. I’m delighted that the US Senate recognized the need for public awareness, education and research funding to support early detection and improved treatments for stomach cancer.”
“November is a good fit for Stomach Cancer Awareness Month because the Surgeon General has committed to making Thanksgiving Day National Family History Day, emphasizing the importance of knowing one’s hereditary risks for disease. There is also a great deal of focus on food, nourishment and family at this time of year, and that can be challenging for people dealing with stomach cancer.”
“We are grateful for the Senate’s support in designating November as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month”, continued Chelcun Schreiber. “I’m hopeful this will help many families.”
For more information, visit www.nostomachforcancer.org