March 2016: Kidney Health and Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, healthy kidneys are essential for regulating our bodies by removing fluids, waste, and toxins. Kidneys release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and strengthen our bones; and,

WHEREAS, the precise cause of kidney cancer is unknown, however the two main causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for more than 70 percent of all kidney failure cases. Therefore, kidney failure and disease can often be delayed or prevented; and,

WHEREAS, advances in diagnosis and procedures such as radiation and chemotherapy create opportunity for kidney cancer patients to live longer; and,

WHEREAS, during Kidney Health and Cancer Awareness Month , we ask the residents of Michigan to raise awareness and encourage all patients with diabetes and hypertension to be screened regularly for kidney disease. If detected and caught early, the treatment is likely to be more effective;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2016 as Kidney Health and Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.