April 2011: Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

Date:  April 01, 2011  -  April 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, with more than 16,500 new cases in the United States in 2010, esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in our nation; and, 

WHEREAS, esophageal cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the esophagus, often preceded by symptoms of pain or difficulty swallowing, indigestion, heartburn, hoarseness and coughing, and risk factors for esophageal cancer include gastric reflux, heavy alcohol and tobacco use; and, 

WHEREAS, esophageal cancer is often discovered during advanced stages, but if discovered early, chances for recovery and survival are far better, and treatments for the disease include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser therapy and electrocoagulation; and, 

WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of esophageal cancer in Michigan, encouraging citizens to pay attention to esophageal cancer symptoms in order to promote early detection; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2011 as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.