April 12-18, 2015: Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

WHEREAS, over 50,000 American citizens are diagnosed every year with cancer of the head and neck region (excluding thyroid); and,

WHEREAS, 60 percent of all head and neck cancer patients will live less than 5 years following their diagnosis; and,

WHEREAS, over 85% of all oral and head and neck cancers could have been prevented and a small percentage of the people of the United States understand the disease, its causes, its treatments, or its prevention; and

WHEREAS, a significant number of individuals treated for this disease encounter disability due to breathing, swallowing, speaking, physical and or visual difficulties; and,

WHEREAS, increased awareness of this disease process could result in earlier diagnosis, lower functional disability, and higher survival rates;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 12-18, 2015 as Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week in Michigan.