March 18-24, 2018: Lynch Syndrome Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Lynch Syndrome (LS) is an inherited disorder that increases a person’s risk for colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, urinary tract, skin, and brain cancers. Members of a family with LS may be diagnosed with different types of cancer; and,

WHEREAS, individuals with LS have up to a 40-80 percent risk of developing colorectal cancer, compared with 6 percent in the general population, and are often diagnosed earlier at age 46-60, compared to age 60-70 in the general population; and,

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all patients who are newly-diagnosed with colorectal cancer be screened to identify if they have LS; and,

WHEREAS, LS is not a rare disorder; it occurs in 1 in every 300-400 Americans, and 1 in 30 colorectal cancer patients. However, most of those affected do not know that they have the condition; and, the parents, siblings, and children of individuals with LS have a 50 percent chance of having the condition as well; and,

WHEREAS, being diagnosed with cancer before age 40 and having several blood relatives diagnosed with the disease are important warning signs of a possible cancer-causing condition that runs in the family. Patients should discuss their cancer family history with their health care provider and, where appropriate, consider genetic counseling with a qualified professional; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and public health partners to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome in Michigan. We urge everyone to learn more about this condition, talk to their health care provider about their personal and family cancer history, and take the proper steps to evaluate their cancer risk and help save lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 18-24, 2018 as Lynch Syndrome Awareness Week in Michigan.