April 2012: Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, esophageal cancer is among the deadliest and 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; 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 and treatment;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2012 as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.