WHEREAS, Each year an estimated 220,000 women and 2,150 men, in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women; and,
WHEREAS, When cells in the breast divide and grow out of control, they form tumors; tumors are either benign, non-cancerous, or malignant, abnormal and cancerous; a malignant tumor that develops in the breast is called breast cancer; and,
WHEREAS, The exact cause of breast cancer remains unknown and, at this time, there is no cure; however, through research and advocacy, significant advances have been made in the fight against breast cancer, including an increase in survival rates for localized breast cancer; and,
WHEREAS, During this month, we join with numerous organizations, agencies and health professionals to raise awareness of breast cancer in Michigan; we encourage women throughout the state to learn more about breast cancer, proper breast health and the importance of having an annual mammogram;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.