WHEREAS, healthy kidneys are essential for regulating our bodies by removing fluids, waste, and toxins; kidneys release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and strengthen our bones; and,
WHEREAS, the precise cause of kidney cancer is unknown, however the two main causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure; diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for more than 70 percent of all kidney failure cases, showing that kidney failure and disease can often be delayed or prevented; and,
WHEREAS, advances in diagnosis and procedures such as radiation and chemotherapy create opportunity for kidney cancer patients to live longer; more than 200,000 kidney cancer survivors live in the United States today; and,
WHEREAS, during Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and on World Kidney Day, I ask the citizens of Michigan to raise awareness and I encourage regular screenings of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for chronic kidney disease-if detected early, treatment is likely more effective;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and Thursday, March 14, 2013 as World Kidney Day in Michigan.