March 20-25, 2017: Lynch Syndrome Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, a condition that runs in families, causes an affected individual to have higher risks of developing colorectal, endometrial, pancreatic, ovarian, urinary tract, and other types of cancer; and,

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome is not a rare disorder and occurs in an estimated 1 in every 350 Americans and 1 in 33 colorectal cancer patients, however, it is underdiagnosed and an affected person may not know that they have the condition; and,

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients be screened to identify if they have Lynch syndrome, regardless of their age and personal or family history; and,

WHEREAS, the parents, brothers, sisters and children of people with Lynch syndrome have a 50 percent chance of having the disorder as well. Cascade screening identifies relatives who are at risk and may help them take steps to prevent cancer; and,

WHEREAS, every person should talk to their health care provider about their health history to evaluate their risk of cancers that may run in their family; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and public health partners to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome. We urge all residents to learn more about this disorder, to gather their family health history and along with their health care provider take the proper steps to evaluate their cancer risk in order to help save lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 19-25, 2017 as Lynch Syndrome Awareness Week in Michigan.