June 11-17, 2017: Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), a condition that runs in families, causes an affected individual to have a nearly 100 percent risk of developing colon cancer if untreated, and higher risks of developing small intestinal cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, brain cancer, desmoid tumors and osteomas; and,

WHEREAS, FAP occurs in 1 in 10,000 people and is underdiagnosed. An affected person may not know they have the condition; and,

WHEREAS, the parents, brothers, sisters and children of persons affected with FAP have a 50 percent chance of having the condition. FAP can be diagnosed through a colonoscopy to determine the presence of over 100 polyps in the colon and through genetic testing, which can enable family members to avoid unnecessary screening if it is determined that they do not have FAP; and,

WHEREAS, every person should talk with their health care provider to determine their need for genetic counseling and testing and, if appropriate, to prevent FAP-related colon cancer and other cancers associated with FAP; and,

WHEREAS, appropriate FAP screenings and management can significantly reduce the chance of colon cancer from nearly 100 percent to nearly 0 percent in those affected, thus allowing those who are treated to live to normal life expectancies; and,

WHEREAS, during this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance and community service partners such as the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids to raise awareness of FAP.  We urge all residents to gather their family history and, along with their health care provider, to take proper steps to evaluate their risk for FAP and to communicate this with their family members in order to save lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 11-17, 2017 as Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) Awareness Week.