October 15-21, 2017: Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week

WHEREAS, an estimated 2,470 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and an estimated 460 men each year will die from the disease; and,

WHEREAS, the public commonly thinks of breast cancer as a disease affecting only women, a misconception that can delay diagnosis and treatment in men, often leading to death; and,

WHEREAS, early detection of male breast cancer is critical, as men who are diagnosed when breast cancer is in its earliest stages have an increased chance of successful treatment and, ultimately, survival; and,

WHEREAS, due in part to a lack of awareness that men can develop the disease, men are generally diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than women, which affects prognosis and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, in order to facilitate early diagnosis and prompt treatment of male breast cancer, public education, awareness and understanding of the disease is necessary; and,

WHEREAS, this month we remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and we lend our support to those who are currently fighting this disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 15-21, 2017 as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Michigan.