November 2011: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Date:  November 01, 2011  -  November 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that begins in the tissues of the pancreas, spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages; and,


WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in the pancreas develop genetic mutations which cause them to grow uncontrollably and live longer than normal cells would; the accumulation of these mutated, growing cells may form tumors and in the case of pancreatic cancer, these tumors are malignant; and, 


WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is the fourth most deadly cancer in the United States; and,


WHEREAS, in 2008, more than 1,500 Michigan citizens were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and nearly 1,300 died as a result of the disease; risk factors for pancreatic cancer include obesity, a lack of exercise, diets low in vegetables and fruits, diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened soft drinks and a family history involving pancreatic cancer; and,  


WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in Michigan, and we encourage citizens throughout the state to learn more about this disease and support efforts to develop effective treatments and a cure;


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