Sending Office: Honorable Matt Cartwright
Help Raise Awareness for Bladder Cancer: Designate May as “National Bladder
Cancer Awareness Month”
*The only changes to the resolution text from last Congress are updates to the data cited.
115th Cosponsors: Suzanne Bonamici, John Delaney, Ruben Gallego, Denny Heck, Sheila Jackson Lee, Zoe Lofgren, James McGovern, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Raul Ruiz, Jackie Speier, John Yarmuth
Organizations that Previously Endorsed this Resolution: American Cancer Society, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, American Urological Association, Veterans Health Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, Men’s Health Network, Society for
Women’s Health Research, Malecare Cancer Support, National LGBT Cancer Project – Out With Cancer, Peyronie’s Disease Advocates
The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 80,000 people will be diagnosed with bladder cancer and over 17,000 will die, due to the disease, in 2019 alone. When diagnosed and treated early, bladder cancer has a relative 5-year survival rate
of 95 percent. If diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the 5-year survival rate can drop to as low as 15 percent. Early detection is therefore vital to a patient’s prognosis yet, unfortunately, public awareness about bladder cancer remains alarmingly low.
Research advancements for bladder cancer are limited by the lack of awareness about the disease within the general public. At the same time, despite being among the top 10 cancers with the highest incidence rates in the United States, as well as being one
of the most expensive cancers to treat on a per-patient basis, bladder cancer remains woefully underfunded.
Early diagnosis of bladder cancer dramatically boosts survival rates, improves quality of life, and decreases health care costs associated with long-term care and treatment. A congressional resolution is a crucial step toward increasing public awareness
of bladder cancer and addressing the serious health risks associated with the disease. Please join us in expressing support for the designation of May as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month” by cosponsoring our bipartisan resolution.
For more information, or to cosponsor, please contact Rachel Cohen at
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