September 2011: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Date:  September 01, 2011  -  September 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, between 2004 and 2008, more than 300 Michigan children were diagnosed with cancer each year, and according to the American Cancer Society, more than 11,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year; and,


WHEREAS, leukemias (blood cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of childhood cancers; the most common type of leukemia is acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive form in which too many lymphoblasts (immature white blood cells) are found in the blood and bone marrow; and,


WHEREAS, causes of childhood cancers remain largely unknown and early symptoms are usually non-specific; however, parental, fetal or childhood exposures to environmental toxins have long been suspected as a direct cause by scientists; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to raise awareness of childhood cancers throughout Michigan; we encourage parents to remain alert to any persistent unusual symptoms their child may be experiencing and to ensure children receive regular check-ups throughout the year;


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