March 22-28, 2015: Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is an inherited disorder associated with higher risks of developing colorectal, endometrial, pancreatic, ovarian, urinary tract, and other types of cancer; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that one in every 400 Americans have Lynch syndrome and of those, have up to an 80 percent risk of developing colorectal cancer, and that their first-degree relatives have a 50 percent risk of having the disorder as well; and,

WHEREAS, only five percent of those with a personal or family history of colon cancer have been screened for Lynch syndrome; and,

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Lynch syndrome screening for all patients newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer, regardless of age and family or personal history, in order to identify whether they have the condition; and,

WHEREAS, cascade screening identifies at-risk relatives of individuals with Lynch syndrome, and is an important measure toward preventing cancer in those at-risk family members; and,

WHEREAS, every person should discuss their health history with their health care provider to assess their risk for hereditary cancers; and,

WHEREAS, screening and diagnosis of Lynch syndrome, whether personal or in the family, can improve cancer prevention and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health and public health partners to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome in Michigan; we encourage all residents to learn more about this hereditary disorder, to gather their family health history, and to take appropriate steps toward cancer risk assessment, detection and prevention;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 22-28, 2015 as Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week in Michigan.