Thursday, March 22, 2012: Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, also called hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is a hereditary condition that causes greater risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic and other types of cancers; and,


WHEREAS, geneticists estimate that 25,000 people in Michigan and 600,000 people throughout the nation have Lynch syndrome, and health department studies show that only 5 percent of those with a family or personal history of colon cancer have been screened for Lynch syndrome; and,


WHEREAS, according to national evidence-based recommendations, every colorectal cancer patient should be pathologically screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics to prompt genetic counseling and testing; and,        


WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome in Michigan; we encourage all citizens to learn more about this hereditary condition, because knowing about a Lynch syndrome diagnosis can increase cancer prevention and screening measures, which leads to earlier cancer detection and treatment;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, March 22, 2012 as Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.