March 7 is Colon Cancer Alliance Dress in Blue Day.
The Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day takes place every year on
the first Friday in March as the official kickoff to National Colorectal Cancer Month.
The program promotes awareness of colon cancer, encourages people to get their colon
checked and ultimately, is working to put an end to this often preventable disease.
LifeScience Moment: The U.S. Senate authorized the National Academy of Sciences to investigate methods of Federal aid in discovering a cure for cancer.
On March 7, 1928, Senator Matthew Neely (D) of West Virginia introduced S. 3554, "To authorize the National Academy of Sciences to investigate
the means and methods for affording Federal aid in discovering a cure for cancer and for other purposes.
On Febrary 4, 1927, Senator Neely proposed a bill that would offer a $5 million reward for the discovery of a cure for cancer.
Senator Neely's "reward" bill did not pass, but it was among the first in a series of proposed legislation that laid the groundwork for the 1937 National
Cancer Institute Act.
In 1937, Senator's Matthew Neely and Homer Bone, with representative Warren Magnuson, introduced the National Cancer Institute Act, which was
signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt on August 5 of that year.
It's a Small World
Clostridium Difficile Bacteria (Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr)
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back."
Carl Sagan, U.S. Astronomer