March 2018: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among men and women combined, but there is currently no cure; and,

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer affects men and women equally. Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and every 10 minutes someone dies from colorectal cancer; and,

WHEREAS, the vast majority of colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening and early detection. However, only 39 percent of colorectal cancer patients have their cancers detected at an early stage; and,

WHEREAS, the survival rate of individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent but is only 10 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs; and,

WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is that 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened by the year 2018; and,

WHEREAS, if the majority of people in the United States ages 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could plummet by up to 70 percent; and,

WHEREAS, it's critical that all people, of all ages, know the signs and symptoms of the disease and this month provides a special opportunity to offer education on the importance of early detection and screening;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.