Tuesday, the Senate passed U.S. Senator Todd Young’s (R-Ind.) bipartisan resolution marking November 2021 as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. The annual resolution was first introduced in 2018 in memory of Indy Star reporter and columnist Matthew Tully, who lost his battle to stomach cancer that year.
The resolution was cosponsored by Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and passed the Senate unanimously.
Stomach cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer worldwide and one of the most difficult to detect in its early stages. The resolution expresses support for more education of patients and health care providers and more research into early diagnosis, screening, and treatment.
“This resolution was first introduced after the loss of Hoosier columnist Matthew Tully, and four years later, it is just as important to continue bringing awareness to this disease that has impacted so many Americans,” said Senator Young. “The goal is to bring awareness to stomach cancer so that we can detect and treat it sooner and save more lives.”
The full text of the resolution can be found here.