A joint resolution introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to dedicate November of each year as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in New Jersey gained unanimous Assembly approval Monday night. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most high-risk types of cancer, with detection of the disease usually coming too late for an optimistic prognosis. Houghtaling and Downey have sponsored the joint resolution in hopes that increased awareness of the disease, its prevalence, and approaches to screening and prevention will help save lives.
“Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any type of cancer, with 93 percent of those diagnosed succumbing to the disease within five years of their prognosis. Once you’ve researched Pancreatic cancer, it’s not hard to find countless families whose lives it has touched,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). During his time as Mayor of Neptune Township, Houghtaling helped establish an annual Run/Walk to raise money for Pancreatic cancer research. This year’s Pancreatic Cancer run will be held on October 8, 2016.
“While cancer research has made great strides over recent years, those suffering from Pancreatic cancer still need our help,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “Awareness and emphasis for this disease deserves special emphasis, and this bill will bring much-needed attention to this issue.”
The Joint Resolution was approved 78-0 by the General Assembly and will now head to the State Senate for further consideration.