S.Res. 529 was co-sponsored by Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinTrump officials brief lawmakers on North Korea Blackwater founder calls for military contractors in Afghanistan Tillerson moves to eliminate special envoy posts at State Dept.: report MORE (D-Md.), Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissFormer GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party GOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race MORE (R-Ga.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (D-Ore.).

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“Prostate cancer is an epidemic – it kills every 16 minutes,” Kerry said. “This disease killed my dad, but I was lucky to beat it ten years ago, and I introduced this resolution in the Senate to bring attention to this silent killer, how it disproportionately affects African Americans, and the need for additional federal investment in prostate cancer research, education and awareness. I’ve been through the battle against prostate cancer and I understand the strain a diagnosis places on the patient and their loved ones.”

Other sponsors of the measure — which passed by unanimous consent — are also prostate cancer survivors. 

“I understand firsthand the importance of prevention, testing and early detection,” said Chambliss, who successfully battled prostate cancer. “While prostate cancer affects all men, the National Institutes of Health has found that it disproportionately affects minorities, and African Americans in particular.”

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that although the prostate cancer death rate has declined for both white men and African American men in recent years, the disparity in deaths from this disease persists. The organization is sponsoring research to determine what factors could be contributing to the higher incidence and death rates among African American men.

Cardin’s office said the research shows that even after accounting for those who lack health insurance, minority racial and ethnic groups face inequities in access and treatment and preventative care. Cardin wrote provisions in the Affordable Care Act that elevated the new Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH, to help eliminate those health disparities.

“Preventive healthcare saves lives, and it is particularly effective in reducing mortality for prostate cancer,” Cardin said.