November, 2014: Curing Stomach Cancer Month

WHEREAS, stomach cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide; and,

WHEREAS, out of 22,200 new cases a year in the United States, 10,900 will die in the first years of diagnosis; and,

WHEREAS, 80 percent of stomach cancer is diagnosed at Stage IV and given a four percent survival rate to five years; in the United States it is estimated that more than 72,000 people are currently living with stomach cancer; and,

WHEREAS, the incidence of stomach cancer in young adults ages 25-39 has increased by 70 percent since 1977; and,

WHEREAS, the overall survival rate for stomach cancer is 29 percent; stomach cancer mortality rates have remained relatively unchanged over the past 30 years; and,

WHEREAS, stomach cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Michigan.