April 2017: Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, esophageal cancer is among the deadliest and fastest growing cancers 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; and,

WHEREAS, esophageal cancer is often discovered during advanced stages, but if discovered early the chances for recovery and survival are far better. Treatments for the disease include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser therapy and electrocoagulation; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of esophageal cancer, encouraging people 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 2017 as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.