November, 2014: Pancreatic Cancer Month

WHEREAS, in 2014, an estimated 46,420 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and 39,590 will die from the disease; and,

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to become the second by 2020; and,

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at just six percent; and,

WHEREAS, when symptoms of pancreatic cancer present themselves, it is generally late stage, and 73 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis while 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first five years; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 1,480 deaths will occur in Michigan in 2014; and,

WHEREAS, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act was signed into law in 2013, which calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop a scientific framework, or strategic plans, for pancreatic cancer and other deadly cancers, which will help provide the strategic direction and guidance needed to make true progress against these diseases; and,

WHEREAS, it will be very difficult to leverage the opportunities that come out of the scientific framework developed as a result of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act unless sustained and adequate funding is provided to the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute; and,

WHEREAS, federal funding for medical research is critical to job protection and creation in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization serving the pancreatic cancer community in the state of Michigan and nationwide through a comprehensive approach that includes public policy, research funding, patient services, and public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer; and,

 WHEREAS, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its affiliates in the state of Michigan support those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer, as well as to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and are committed to nothing less than a cure; and,

WHEREAS, the good health and well-being of the residents of the state of Michigan are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.