December 1-7, 2017: Cancer Screening Awareness Week

WHEREAS, in 2017 the American Cancer Society estimates more than 600,000 people will lose their lives to cancer in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates that 21,050 people in Michigan will die from cancer in 2017; and,

WHEREAS, the National Cancer Institute estimates up to 210,000 deaths in United States could be avoided with early and appropriate cancer screening; and,

WHEREAS, the cancer death rate dropped 25 percent between 1991 and 2014 because of reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, specifically, according to the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate for cancers found at the local stage are about: 55 percent of lung cancers; 90 percent of colon and rectum cancers; 91 percent of cervical cancers; and 99 percent of breast and 98 percent for melanoma of the skin cancers; and,

WHEREAS, many of these cancers are often preventable, and early detection and treatment are critical as cancer does not always cause symptoms, and many occur in people with no family history; and,

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of screening for many cancer types in recommended populations remain substantially below Healthy People 2020 targets; and,

WHEREAS, it is critical to reinforce the need for people to discuss their individual risk factors for cancer with their healthcare providers and understand the recommendations for, and benefits of, cancer screening; and,

WHEREAS, all citizens of Michigan are encouraged to visit for cancer screening resources and talk to their healthcare providers about their risk factors for all cancer types including, but not limited to, breast, cervical, colon, lung, prostate, and skin cancers and recommended screening options;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 1-7, 2017 as Cancer Screening Awareness Week in Michigan.